Annual Conference

2019 Global Monitoring Annual Conference

May 23, 2019

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


GMD Team Member of the Quarter

Dr. Ben Miller received the GMD Team Member of the Quarter Award in November 2019 for his pioneering work related to a short-term study on the “Colorado Front Range Air Toxics Study, 2018-2019”. He developed novel techniques for analyzing samples of trace gases with a wide dynamic range in concentration above ambient levels while ensuring that the samples do not contaminate our long-term mission of providing accurate measurements of these trace gases in the background atmosphere. Working with others, Dr. Miller provided a pathway to link our central ambient atmospheric real air, working standard from Niwot Ridge, CO to high concentration gravimetric standards and to a spiked high concentration standard of real air from Niwot Ridge (working standard). This accuracy will permit the calculation of highly precise emission factors of a VOC compared to methane to determine its source of the emission (landfills, cattle feedlots, fracking, biomass, etc.). This allows GMD to identify the source of enhanced methane and VOCs and to assist public policy makers who work on emission management and mitigation for the public good.


News and Highlights

ESRL Scientists Receive Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research

ESRL Scientists Receive Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research

November 14, 2019
NOAA scientists in the ESRL Global Monitoring and Chemical Sciences Divisions and CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder receive a 2019 Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research.
2019 ozone hole smallest on record

2019 ozone hole smallest on record

October 21, 2019
Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone depletion in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since 1982.
Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

July 22, 2019
A new NOAA and University of Michigan study using an instrumented airplane has found unexpectedly large emissions over five major cities along the East Coast - twice the total amount of methane and almost 10 times the amount estimated from natural gas.
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Research Groups


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.


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.



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


Global Radiation

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


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.


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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