📣 Fourth CIMAR Symposium, on “Climate and Communities” 📣

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Fourth CIMAR Symposium, on “Climate and Communities”

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Welcome to the home page of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (CIMAR). CIMAR was created under the name JIMAR in 1977 under a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH). Since 1988, JIMAR (and now CIMAR) has been part of the University’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). CIMAR serves as NOAA’s cooperative institute (CI) for the Pacific Islands region.

CIMAR seeks to:


  • facilitate innovative collaborative research between scientists at NOAA and the University of Hawaiʻi
  • provide educational opportunities for basic and applied research in the Life and Earth Sciences at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels
  • advance interactions through the support of visiting scientists and post-doctoral scholars
  • promote the transition of research outcomes to operational products and services that benefit the Pacific Islands Region


For over 35 years, CIMAR (formerly JIMAR) has fostered innovative collaboration between scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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RCUH Outstanding Team of the Year

Kudos to the CIMAR Structure from Motion team—Mia Lamirand, Corinne Amir, Jonny Charendoff, and Frances Lichowski—of the PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division! They won 1st place as RCUH's Outstanding Team of the Year for FY23. This team led cutting edge research and development on a new technology for assessing coral reef condition more efficiently underwater.

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