Tom Ackerman is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests are in climate and climate change, particularly the impact of clouds and atmospheric particles on climate and how they affect climate. He has studied and published on these issues for more than 35 years while working as a NASA research scientist, Chief Scientist of a large climate research program sponsored by the US Department of Energy, and a professor at two universities. He has received awards for his research from a number of organizations including the American Physical Society, the World Meteorological Organization, and NASA.
Tom and his wife Linda attend Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. They have three children and three grandchildren.