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Thomas Ackerman

Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington

Dr. Thomas Ackerman is Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He previously served as the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program. He is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Ackerman has extensive and distinguished experience in climate research, and has authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on a wide range of climate-related topics.
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Education

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Washington - Seattle, WA, 1976
  • M.S., Physics, University of Washington - Seattle, WA, 1971
  • B.A., Physics, Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI, 1970

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Climate Research

Selected Articles

  • Ackerman, T. P.. "Christian action in the face of climate change." Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith Vol. 66(4), 2014: 242-247.
  • Wood, R. and T. P. Ackerman. "Defining success and limits of field experiments to test geoengineering by marine cloud brightening." Climatic Change Vol. 121, 2013: 459-472.

Accolades

  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
  • Leo Szilard Award for Science in the Public Interest, awarded by the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Biography

Dr. Thomas Ackerman is Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He previously served as the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program. He is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Ackerman has extensive and distinguished experience in climate research, and has authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on a wide range of climate-related topics.