LC-130 arriving at South Pole Station (Photo: Ta-Lee Shue 19 January 2019).

Annual Conference

2019 Global Monitoring Annual Conference

February 1, 2019

NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), Global Monitoring Division, will hold the 47th Global Monitoring Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21rd and 22th, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado.

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GMD Team Member of the Quarter

Bryan Thomas, Station Chief at the Barrow Observatory, Alaska, was awarded the GMD Team Member of the Quarter Award in February 2019 in recognition for his time and effort running the Barrow Observatory single-handedly this past quarter, keeping GMD’s critical measurements going, supporting new Observatory design efforts, getting the solar albedo rack communications upgraded from a phone line to WiFi, repairing the bobcat, moving snow and coordinating heavy equipment, and hosting outreach and media events, all the while maintaining a positive attitude in the cold and dark winter months and during the recent shutdown. Congratulations, Bryan, and thank you for your extensive contributions to the polar scientific community.

Observatories

News and Highlights

Seminar: April 1, 2019

Using multi-instrument observations of shallow cumulus as a tool for improving simulations of cloud radiative impacts

Dr. Laura Riihimaki

Seminar: April 24, 2019

On science informing international policy: Are emissions of a banned ozone-depleting substance still increasing, and what’s being done about it?

Dr. Steve Montzka
Ozone hole modest despite conditions ripe for depletion

Ozone hole modest despite conditions ripe for depletion

November 2, 2018
The ozone hole that forms in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica each September was slightly above average size in 2018, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.
Study sheds light on persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements

Study sheds light on persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements

October 31, 2018
It’s a question that’s puzzled policymakers, researchers and regulatory agencies for years: How much methane is being emitted from natural gas operations across the U.S.? And why have the two main estimation methods applied across U.S. oil and gas basins always seem to disagree?
Photo feature: A ‘welcoming’ sun returns to the South Pole

Photo feature: A ‘welcoming’ sun returns to the South Pole

October 16, 2018
The fall equinox means the end of summer for the Northern Hemisphere, but marks the beginning of spring — and the first glimpse of the sun since March — for scientists at NOAA’s South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station.
Story map: NOAA Boulder

Story map: NOAA Boulder

October 3, 2018
From the foothills of the Rockies, NOAA’s pioneering science, life-saving products, and enduring contributions to America’s economy have enormous impact.
After a 20 Year hiatus, GMD scientists will return to sampling the stratosphere with the NASA ER-2 aircraft

After a 20 Year hiatus, GMD scientists will return to sampling the stratosphere with the NASA ER-2 aircraft

October 1, 2018
An airborne project with NOAA and CIRES instrument investigators in the Global Monitoring Division was selected for five-year funding starting in 2020 through 2025 from the NASA Earth Venture Suborbital-3 program (EVS-3).
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Research Groups

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Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network

The GGGRN makes measurements of the spatial and temporal distributions of greenhouse gases and provides essential constraints to our understanding of the global carbon cycle.

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Halocarbons and other Trace Species

The HATS group quantifies the distributions and magnitudes of the sources and sinks for important ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases.

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Aerosols

The goals of this program are to characterize means, variability, and trends of climate-forcing properties of different types of aerosols.

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Global Radiation

Activities involve empirical and theoretical research of the Earth's surface radiation budget.

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Ozone and Water Vapor

Research on the nature and causes of the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer and the role of ozone and water vapor in forcing climate change.

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Observatory Operations

NOAA/ESRL operates staffed atmospheric baseline observatories from which numerous in situ and remote atmospheric and solar measurements are conducted.

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