Brian Vasel

Staff Listing

Brian Vasel

Chief of Observatory Operations

Observatory Operations

Mailing Address:
NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Division
325 Broadway R/GMD
Boulder CO 80305-3328

Phone: 303-497-6655

Brian Vasel


Brian Vasel is the Director of Observatory Operations in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory’s Global Monitoring Division (GMD). The observatory management team oversees the operations, facility management, staffing, vehicles, and logistics for NOAA’s four Atmospheric Baseline Observatories (ABOs). For GMD, Brian also assists with NEPA, safety, congressional affairs, serves as the ESRL Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), and helps to coordinate the Global Monitoring Annual Conference (GMAC) each May. He is currently on the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Inter-Agency Working Group, South Pole User Committee (SPUC), and the OAR NEPA Compliance Team. He was previously a member of the NOAA Green Team, Deep Water Horizon Team, Summit Long-Range Planning Team, and the NOAA Polar Committee. He was also a participant and coach in the OAR Leadership Effectiveness and Advancement Program (LEAP). Brian strongly believes in the importance of observations, supporting field science, “greening” the observatories, and the role of outreach to inform society.

Brian has made 9 trips to Antarctica including “wintering-over” twice at the South Pole as the technician to maintain GMD’s long-term climate research. He has deployed to Summit, Greenland numerous times and visited other international field sites in Canada, Russia, South Africa, and Switzerland. He also created the GMD tropospheric aircraft ozone program by working with an instrument manufacturer to develop a specialized and robust instrument that was then deployed on over a dozen small aircraft across the United States.

Outside of the office, Brian is a volunteer firefighter and enjoys the mountain playground of Colorado. He can often be found on local mountain bike trails, camping, hiking, and skiing the trees.


B.S. Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, The University of Colorado (Boulder) w/ minor: Business Administration