What does the Air Resources Laboratory do for the nation?
The Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) studies processes and develops models
that relate to air quality and climate, concentrating
on technology development and transfer relating to the
transport, dispersion, transformation and removal of
trace gases and aerosols (the exchange between the atmosphere
and the surface), and the role of natural variability.
The time frame of interest ranges from minutes to that of the global
ARL research is aligned with the four thematic areas of NOAA Research; weather and air quality,
coastal and ocean resources, climate, and technology development and
transfer, with emphases on homeland security, coastal ecosystems, and arid-zone environments. The
specific goal of ARL research is to improve and eventually to institutionalize
prediction of air quality, atmospheric deposition, and related variables. ARL operates with
research divisions in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nevada;
Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Silver Spring, Maryland. In August 2008, the Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Division
in Research Triangle Park, NC, formerly a division of the Air Resources Laboratory, became the
Atmospheric Modeling Division of the U.S. EPA.