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Strategy and Goals

Global Systems Laboratory

NOAA’s long-term goal of a “Weather-Ready Nation” drives GSL’s preeminent weather research and development portfolio. Our work develops state-of-the-science environmental models and helps inform the public so they are more resilient to high-impact weather.

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."

Each NOAA Research Laboratory is required to have a charter that includes our mission, vision, and core competencies. Laboratory science reviews are conducted every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted in NOAA laboratories.

GSL's strategy is guided by the following documents:

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

Strategic Plan

GSL’s 10-year strategic plan aims to maintain agility in a changing research landscape. GSL’s core competencies, expertise, and mission align with DOC, NOAA, and OAR objectives and support Congress’s Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Read GSL's Strategic Plan here.

Read GSL's Implementation Plan Summary FY2023 here.

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