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

At the 2014 Fall AGU Meeting in December, Clara Deser and Jerry Meehl, two NESL/CGD Senior Scientists will be inducted as AGU...

NESL in the News

The urban heat island effect can be exacerbated by the smooth surfaces of buildings, such as these in Dallas.
Researchers are using specialized modeling techniques to better understand urban heat.

NESL Events

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NESL In The Community



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


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


  • The 2014 CESM Tutorial was held 11 - 5 August 2014 in Boulder, CO.
18 - 21 June 2012

NESL Strategic Plan & Annual Report