Seven major themes:

UW and NOAA scientists collaborate on a broad range of research projects within these themes, spanning the globe from pole to pole, focusing on such critical issues as climate change, ocean acidification, tsunami forecasting, and fisheries assessment by:                                

  • collecting, and analyzing data to better understand physical, biological, and chemical processes of ocean and coastal areas;
  • understanding climate variability and change;
  • improving our understanding of ocean and atmospheric processes associated with climate change and determining adaptation strategies;
  • studying how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide and the resulting increase in acidity of ocean water;
  • studying hydrothermal vents and volcanoes on the seafloor;
  • studying effects of interactions between human communities and natural ecosystems;
  • developing tools and technology to restore and protect marine habitats;
  • improving our ability to predict and forecast tsunami impacts.

A comprehensive list of JISAO's research can be found in our Annual Reports

Visit our News Archive to see what research is being covered by the local and national media.