Our Mission

"To observe and understand the Earth system, and to develop products, through a commitment to research that will advance NOAA's environmental information and service on global-to-local scales."

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Earth System Research Laboratory: Introduction

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

Welcome to the Earth System Research Laboratory. ESRL was formed to pursue a broad and comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. This system comprises many physical, chemical and biological processes that need to be dynamically integrated to better predict their behavior over scales from local to global and periods of minutes to millennia.

At ESRL we are working toward a greater stewardship of the Earth through a number of themes aimed at understanding the Earth system processes and changes.

Understanding atmospheric mechanisms that drive the Earth's climate.

Assuring the continuing health and restoration of atmospheric resources.

Improving predictions through expanded climate and weather products.

Advancing national research capabilities.