GSD Science Fact Sheets

  • Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division Fact Sheet

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    The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Systems Division (GSD) does the research to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) and the public with rapidly-updating environmental models, state-of-the-art decision support tools, innovative visualization systems, and high-performance computing technology to support commerce and a weather-ready nation.

  • How Does GSD's Work Impact the Nation?

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    The Global Systems Division (GSD), part of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), leads the design, development, testing, and delivery of accurate and reliable weather forecast system solutions, impacting the economy, industry, public safety, and more.

  • Research to Operations Highlights

    GSD Research to Operations Handout

    NOAA's Global Systems Division (GSD) of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) provides the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Nation with systems aiding in the delivery of forecasts and predictions of weather, including severe weather events within the next few minutes to weeks away.

  • Atmospheric Science for Renewable Energy

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    NOAA’s Atmospheric Science for Renewable Energy (ASRE) program leverages in-house expertise in atmospheric science, weather observations, modeling, and technology transfer to support our nation’s effort to build and optimize wind and solar power.

  • HRRR-Smoke

    GSD Handout

    The experimental High-Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke (HRRR-Smoke) model simulates the emissions and transport of smoke from wildfires and the impact of smoke on the weather. This is increasingly being used by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) and air quality agencies to alert the public of potential air quality hazards, and is scheduled to be implemented into operations in 2020.


  • GSD's 2016 Research Highlights

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    High Resoulution Rapid Refresh (HRRR), Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS), Integrated Support for Impacted Air Traffic Environments (INSITE), and SOS Explorer: 3D Earth science on your laptop

  • NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS)

    SOS Handout

    NOAA's Science On a Sphere® uses high-speed computers, projectors, and advanced imaging techniques to create the illusion of a planet, the Sun, a moon, or any other celestial body rotating in space and to show weather and other geophysical data.

  • SOS Explorer

    SOS Explore Handout

    A desktop-based version of SOS®, SOS Explorer, helps bring the SOS® experience into classrooms and homes. SOS Explorer builds upon SOS exhibits with many of the same datasets, but allows users to explore the data in ways that are not possible in an exhibit setting.

  • Rapid Refresh (RAP)

    Rapid Refresh Handout

    An hourly updated weather forecast model/assimilation system that replaced the Rapid Updated Cycle (RUC) at NCEP as NOAA's hourly updated model in May 2012

  • High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR)

    GSD Handout

    The HRRR weather prediction system merges weather prediction science and high performance computing technology with a breakthrough technique for using radar data to achieve a new standard for up-to-the-minute weather forecasting.