History of JIMAR

UH Manoa


The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) was created in 1977 by an agreement between the Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Hawai‘i (UH). JIMAR is one of 18 Joint/Cooperative Institutes under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). JIMAR was established to pursue the common research interests of NOAA and the UH in oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical research. Major areas of research in JIMAR include ecosystem forecasting, ecosystem monitoring, ecosystem-based management, protection and restoration of resources, equatorial oceanography, climate research and impacts, tropical meteorology, and tsunami and other long-period ocean waves.

Since 1988, JIMAR has been part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). The JIMAR offices are located on the UH Manoa Campus, primarily in the Marine Sciences Building (MSB) and the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics (HIG) of SOEST.