In 1979 the Program for Regional Observing and Forecasting Services (PROFS) was formed. The Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) was formed in 1988. In October 2005 - FSL became the Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). 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.
Compiled by Jim Holitza, September 2005
Chronology for PROGRAM FOR REGIONAL OBSERVING AND FORECASTING SERVICES (PROFS)