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NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL)

Earth System Research Laboratories

In Boulder, Colorado, CIRA collaborates with all four of NOAA’s Earth System Research Labs (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.

On April 2, 2020, NOAA designated the four divisions of the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder as full laboratories within the NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research line office to meet recent shifts in mission-essential priorities. All laboratories retained their core research missions, and continue to collaborate closely with each other and other NOAA Research laboratories to improve understanding and ability to predict changes in Earth’s atmosphere, climate and weather.

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The Global Systems Laboratory

The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) of the Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) conducts world-class applied research and directed development resulting in technology transfer of environmental data, models, products, and services that enhance environmental understanding with the outcome of supporting commerce, supporting NWS in protecting life and property, and promoting a scientifically literate public.

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Physical Sciences Laboratory

NOAA’s Physical Sciences Division (PSL) of the Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) conducts scientific research to observe, understand, model, predict and forecast weather, water and climate extremes and their impacts.

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