Portrait of Thomas  Ackerman

Atmospheric Sciences

Thomas Ackerman

Professor Emeritus

Thomas Ackerman is an atmospheric scientist who studies the climatic influence of volcanic eruptions and asteroid collisions, the impact of clouds on the Earth’s climate, the use of ground-based and satellite observations to study clouds and climate, and the science and ethics of geoengineering. He has been elected a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to coming to UW, Ackerman was Chief Scientist of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and for his work in that capacity he was awarded NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal.