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On October 1, 2005, the Forecast Systems Laboratory merged into the Global Systems Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory. 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. The Global Systems Laboratory and three other 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.


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Charter and Vision Statement

The Global Systems Division (GSL) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (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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Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge: Provide actionable environmental information through the delivery of a storm-scale Earth-system prediction and decision-support capability to serve society.

Goal 1. Advance technologies enabling the delivery of information

Goal 2. Advance our scientific excellence enabling numerical Earth-system prediction

Goal 3. Research concepts and build tools and systems that advance the delivery of actionable weather forecasts and information to support a well-informed Weather-ready Nation

Goal 4. Accelerate the transition of technologies to operational capabilities

Goal 5. Develop and empower our future leaders

Science Review

Laboratory science reviews are conducted every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) laboratories. This review is for both internal OAR/NOAA use for planning, programming, and budgeting, and external interests. It helps the Laboratory in its strategic planning of its future science. These reviews are also intended to ensure that OAR laboratory research is linked to the NOAA Strategic Plan, is relevant to NOAA Research mission and priorities, is of high quality as judged by preeminence criteria, and is carried out with a high level of performance.

This review will cover the ESRL/Global Systems Division research since 2010. The research themes are:

  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Decision Support
  • Advanced Technologies

Contact Jennifer Mahoney for questions regarding the review.

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