Earth System Research Laboratory

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The Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is a laboratory in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). It is one of seven NOAA Research Laboratories (RLs).[1]

ESRL combines six separate NOAA labs under one organization in order to provide a more effective and coordinated management structure for its four Divisions - Global Monitoring, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, and Global Systems. The former labs falling into ESRL are the Aeronomy Laboratory, the Climate Diagnostics Center, the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, the Environmental Technology Laboratory, the Forecast Systems Laboratory, and the Surface Radiation Research Branch of the Air Resources Laboratory.[1]


ESRL's mission is to observe and understand the Earth system and to develop informational products that will advance NOAA's environmental information and services on global-to-local scales. The lab expects to achieve this goal by understanding the roles of gases and particles in climate change, assisting water management decisions with climate information, improving weather prediction, studying the recovery of the ozone layer, and developing air quality forecast models.[2]

Global Monitoring Division (GMD)[edit]

The goal of the GMD is to conduct long-term, continuous measurement of atmospheric gases, particles and radiation on a global scale in order to understand climate forcing, ozone depletion and air quality. This information will be used to support global and regional decisions, climate projections and carbon management.[3]

Physical Sciences Division (PSD)[edit]

The PSD conducts research to understand the physical environment: the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and land in order to improve local to global weather and climate predictions.[4]

Chemical Sciences Division (CSD)[edit]

The CSD studies chemical processes in the Earth's atmosphere that affect climate, air quality, and the ozone layer.[5]

Global Systems Division (GSD)[edit]

The GSD conducts research and development to provide global environmental information and forecast services ranging from short-term weather predictions to longer-term climate forecasts.[6]

Research partners[edit]


  1. ^ "NOAA Research Laboratories". NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  1. ^ "The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  2. ^ "About the Earth System Research Laboratory". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Global Monitoring Division". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Physical Sciences Division". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Chemical Sciences Division". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 
  6. ^ "Global Systems Division". Retrieved October 10, 2005. 

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