Talk:Earth System Research Laboratory
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Hi, I'm a newcomer and an editor with a conflict of interest. I work at ESRL's GMD in Boulder, and the division director has asked me to work on this article. I will be putting all suggested edits on this Talk page as per the WP:COI rules. I respect Wikipedia's mission first and foremost, and I intend to be neutral in my writing. Please let me know how I can best help. NickAtNOAA (talk) 20:44, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
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).
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. 
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.
Global Monitoring Division (GMD)
In 1972, the Geophysical Monitoring for Climatic Change (GMCC) program was established as part of NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory (ARL). “In January 1990, as part of an ERL reorganization, GMCC activities were transferred, along with those of the NOAA Climate Research Group, to a newly formed NOAA Laboratory, the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL).” In October 2005, the Global Monitoring Division was created when the CMDL merged with five other NOAA labs to form the Earth System Research Laboratory.
GMD's mission involves answering key scientific questions in three areas of research – Climate Forcing, Ozone Depletion, and Air Quality. GMD scientists work under several different groups to achieve this goal:
Physical Sciences Division (PSD)
Chemical Sciences Division (CSD)
The CSD studies chemical processes in the Earth's atmosphere that affect climate, air quality, and the ozone layer.
Global Systems Division (GSD)
The GSD conducts research and development to provide global environmental information and forecast products ranging from short-term weather predictions to longer-term climate forecasts.
- Hello NickAtNOAA. I see you created a draft that is meant to replace the existing article. This may not be the best way forward. When faced with a small amount of new data rather than a wall of it, reviewers will be better able to review the material and changes. It also appears the draft and the current article rely almost entirely on primary sources, which is problematic. The article must be based upon verifiable statements from multiple third-party reliable sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy. --18.104.22.168 (talk) 00:45, 17 October 2014 (UTC)