Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Data Center Description
The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Washington. The administrative units most directly connected with JISAO are NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) and the University's Department of Atmospheric Science and College of Ocean and Fisheries Science (COFS).
JISAO has five core research areas: (1) climate, (2) global environmental chemistry, (3) marine ecosystems (4) and coastal oceanography. The Institute's "core" (TASK I) program, to which the University contributes, supports postdoctoral fellows on annual appointments, renewable for a second year, and (with lower priority with regard to funding) more senior visitors on leave from their home institutions. JISAO provides space, computer time, administrative support, and other services for these individuals. It also provides travel expenses and honoraria for a number of short-term visitors. JISAO's TASK II and TASK III programs serve as vehicles for funding research scientists (UW professional staff) and graduate research assistants through grants and contracts. TASK II supports collaborative research efforts between NOAA and University scientists and TASK III supports University research in areas compatible with the Institute's major research themes. Some of the funding for TASKS I and III is administered through a grant to the Center for the Science in the Earth System (CSES).