Air Resources Laboratory
ARL conducts research and development in the fields of atmospheric dispersion, air quality, climate, and boundary layer science. Our key capabilities include improving approaches for predicting dispersion of hazardous chemicals and materials; developing, evaluating, and applying air quality models; and advancing the understanding of surface energy budgets, climate variability and trends; and the behavior of the atmospheric boundary layer.
Our mission is to provide atmospheric information and data to decision-makers and the science community in order to improve the Nation's ability to protect human and ecosystem health.
ARL is a part of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. It is a distributed Laboratory with its Headquarters in College Park, Maryland and Divisions in Oak Ridge,Tennessee (ATDD), Idaho Falls, Idaho (FRD), and Las Vegas, Nevada (SORD.
NOAA Research highlights an ARL-led perspective titled "Detection limits of albedo changes induced by climate engineering" published on- line January 29, 2014 in Nature Climate Change.