In Boulder, Colorado, CIRA collaborates with all branches of NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab (ESRL). At ESRL, scientists study atmospheric and other processes that affect air quality, weather, and climate. ESRL researchers monitor the atmosphere, study the physical and chemical processes that comprise the Earth system, and integrate those findings into environmental information products. This work improves critical weather and climate tools for the public and private sectors.
NOAA’s Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is a federal science and research laboratory under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. GSL provides the National Weather Service (NWS) and the nation with environmental observing, prediction, computer, visualization, and information systems. These systems deliver data, forecasts, and predictions of weather, including severe weather events, within the next few minutes to weeks away. GSL is a leader in the applied research, directed development, and technology transfer of environmental data, models, products, and services that enhance environmental understanding with the outcome of supporting commerce, protecting life and property, and promoting a scientifically literate public.
NOAA’s Physical Sciences Division (PSL) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is a federal science and research laboratory under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. PSL supports NOAA and the nation through physical sciences research that advances understanding and predictions of weather, water, and climate, and translates the research findings into actionable information and services. PSL carries out research on climate and weather processes, diagnostics, modeling, empirical analyses, focused field observations, and supporting technology development.