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

 too much, too little - Image shows effects of major drought on plants across U.S. on June 24, 2011
Climate change will reduce water availability during dry seasons and increase it during wet seasons around the globe, new research suggests. It also finds there will be large regional variations in water-related impacts.

NESL Events

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 3:30pm: Ranges in regional climate change projections linked to skill scores and modes with Ian Watterson, CSIRO - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room [NCAR, NESL, CGD]
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 3:30pm: Elevated Convective Systems and Extreme Rainfall with Russ Schumacher - FL2 1001 [NCAR, NESL, MMM]
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:30pm: Could we have predicted the early-2000's global warming hiatus in the 1990's? with Gerald A. Meehl - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room [NCAR, NESL, CGD]
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:30pm: WRF Users' Workshop with Assorted NCAR Staff - CG1 Auditorium [NCAR, NESL, MMM]
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:30am: WRF Tutorial with Assorted MMM Staff - FL2 1022 [NCAR, NESL, MMM]

NESL In The Community



  • The15th Annual WRF User's Workshop will be held 23 - 27 June 2014 in Boulder, CO.


  • 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