Welcome to NESL

 NESL's Mission: To advance understanding of weather, climate, atmospheric composition and processes; to provide facility support to the wider community; and, to apply our research results to benefit society.

About NESL

Formed in 2010, the NCAR Earth System Laboratory brings together NCAR's major lines of scientific inquiry . Research within NESL is highly collaborative, with specialties focused in the following three research divisions:

The Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD) explores the impact of chemistry on climate and air quality.
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The Climate & Global Dynamics Division (CGD) examines Earth's climate system, analyzing the observed environment and developing models capable of predicting the evolution of the climate system.
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The Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Division (MMM) seeks to further our understanding of key scientific questions in meteorology, with emphases on both understanding and forecasting weather as well as weather's relationship to climate.
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NESL Announcements

The new NESL Strategic Plan is now available online.

NESL in the News

 A traffic jam in Delhi, India
Ozone pollution in India is damaging millions of tons of the country’s major crops, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. The pollution caused losses of more than $1 billion in a single year, destroying enough food to feed an estimated 94 million people.

NESL Events

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:00am: Observing and Modeling Turbulence at a Potential Tidal Energy Site with Katherine McCaffrey - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room [NCAR, NESL, CGD]
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 3:30pm: A Perspective on the Future of Numerical Weather Prediction with Alan J. Thorpe - FL2 1022 [NCAR, NESL, MMM]
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:00am: Tropical tropopause dynamics observed from a decade of GPS radio occultation data with Bill Randel - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room [NCAR, NESL, CGD]

NESL In The Community



  • The FRAPPÉ Field Campaign will be held during Jul-Aug 2014.


  • The WRF Tutorial will be held  held 21 July - 1 August in Boulder, CO.


  • The 2014 CESM Tutorial will be held 11 - 5 August 2014 in Boulder, CO.


  • The 2014 CLM Tutorial was held 18 - 21 February 2014 in Boulder, CO.



18 - 21 June 2012

NESL Strategic Plan & Annual Report