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Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES)



The Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) is a collaborative research institute between the University of Washington, the University Alaska Fairbanks, Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Its mission is two-fold:

To conduct multi- and interdisciplinary research in atmospheric, oceanic, and fishery sciences, and on impacts and policy that provides understanding of climate and ecosystem interactions, the way in which these interactions are affected by natural variability and anthropogenic perturbations, and the consequences for natural systems and human society.

To participate in the education both of a new generation of students who are environmentally literate, understand the interlocking complexity of environmental problems, and are trained in solution methods, and of the citizenry of the Pacific Northwest and the nation to enable them to understand the competing demands of environmental and societal health and resource and economic sustainability.

Core Services Offered

  • Climate and Ocean Variability, Change and Impacts
  • Earth Systems and Processes
  • Environmental Chemistry and Ocean Carbon
  • Marine Ecosystems: Observation, Analysis, and Forecasts
  • Ocean and Coastal Observations
  • Environmental Data Science
  • Aquaculture Science
  • Human Dimensions in Marine Systems
  • Polar Studies

Funding Information

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  1977
Many other grants/contracts from NSF
Other agencies too numerous to list

Reporting Structure

Maya Tolstoy, Dean, College of the Environment

Related UW Entities

Applied Physics Laboratory
Burke Museum
College of the Environment
College of Engineering
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Undergraduate Research Program
UW DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
UW State GEAR UP Project (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

External Partners

NOAA Western Regional Center: Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA Science Camp
NOAA Corps
NOAA Dive Center
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Marine Mammal Laboratory
National Weather Service
NOAA OAR/Cooperative Institute National Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Oregon State University
A variety of other federal, state and local agencies, universities, and community partners