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Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) is a NOAA Cooperative Institute at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa. JIMAR has facilitated collaborative research among NOAA Research, NOAA Fisheries, and National Weather Service scientists, university scientists, and university students since its inception in 1977.


JIMAR research includes six themes: (1) Tsunamis and Other Long-Period Ocean Waves - Research the detection of tsunami's via coastal tide gages, analysis of historic and prehistoric events, and modeling; (2) Equatorial Oceanography - Observe and dynamically analyze the equatorial ocean which includes performing fundamental studies of the dynamics of the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO); (3) Climate - Observe, analyze (e.g., use of the UH Sea Level Center (UHSLC)), model, and perform fundamental dynamical studies and experimental predictions on the climate of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean/Austalasia ; (4) Fisheries Oceanography - Research all aspects of the western Pacific pelagic fishery (i.e., an unique program funding the promotion of international collaboration on the study of migratory species, ecosystems, marine mammals, protected species, stock assessment, regulatory impacts, and fishing strategies); (5) Tropical Meteorology - Collaborate closely with the National Weather Service's Honolulu Weather Forecast Office, which is located on the UH Manoa campus, and NOAA's Hurricane Research Division to perform research on all aspects of tropical weather and climate; and (6) Coastal Research - Perform research on all aspects of the coastal zone which is experiencing an increase in national interest due to the development of a Marine Sanctuary in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

University of Hawaii
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
808-956-7476

Dr. Mark Merrifield, Director

Cooperative Institutes

About Us

The NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and from Alaska to Florida. Currently, NOAA supports 16 Cooperative Institutes consisting of 42 universities and research institutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia

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