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

 open trash fire in General Santos, Philippines
An estimated 40 percent of the world's waste is burned in unregulated fires, emitting pollutants that can harm human health and the environment.

NESL Events

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00pm: CGD Brown Bag Lunch Seminar - Jorn Behrens with JORN BEHRENS - Mesa Lab WOR BOARDROOM [NCAR, NESL, CGD]
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 3:30pm: Introducing libmpdata++ and libcloudph++ - Reusable Software for Atmospheric Modelling with Sylwester Arabas - FL2 1022 [NCAR, NESL, MMM]
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 3:30pm: A Year-Long Continuous Large Eddy Simulation Centered Around the CABAUW Observational Site with Harm Jonker - FL2 1022 [NCAR, NESL, MMM]

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