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Global Systems Laboratory

Our Organization

As one of NOAA’s premier research laboratories, the Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) has a history of successfully transitioning atmospheric research into advanced products and services for weather operations. GSL is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Our Grand Challenge is to: "Provide actionable environmental information through the research and development of rapidly-updating global storm-scale prediction and innovative decision support capabilities to reduce societal impacts from hazardous weather and other environmental phenomena."

Global Systems Laboratory leadership at a glance

Click the image to view profiles of GSL leadership.

Our People

GSL has a staff of nearly 200 meteorologists, software engineers, and support staff dedicated to making forecast systems that deliver solutions. Our partners, Colorado State University Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA, the University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), and contractors help GSL accomplish its mission.

GSL’s strategic goals are to:

  • Invest in people, partnerships, and organizational performance
  • Develop state-of-the-art Earth-system prediction capabilities
  • Revolutionize communications, products, and services to enable informed decision-making

Learn more on our Strategy Page.

Our Values
GSL encourages creativity and new ideas
GSL collabrates with its many partners
Public Service
Response to the public and society for the greater good
GSL quickly applies research insights