Operated By: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is located at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado. We pursue a broad and comprehensive understanding of the many physical, chemical and biological processes that comprise the Earth system to better predict their behavior from minutes to millennia on local to global scales.
Our scientists study atmospheric and other dynamic processes that affect air quality, weather, and climate variability. ESRL researchers monitor the atmosphere, investigate the physical and chemical processes that comprise the Earth system, and integrate those findings into environmental information products.
ESRL's work improves critical weather and forecasting tools for the public and private sectors, from hourly forecasts, drought and air quality predictions, to international science assessments with policy-relevant findings. By better understanding the Earth system, we can better understand what drives this afternoon's haze, next month's hurricanes, and our variable climate.
NOAA offers public tours of the Boulder facility each Tuesday at 1pm. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and include stops at several research divisions and the National Weather Service Forecast Office. School tours, including K–12 and universities, and special group tours are also available.