Scientists at the Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) conduct research to gain new insights into atmospheric dispersion, atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and the complex behavior of the atmosphere near the Earth's surface, called the atmospheric boundary layer.
Our work provides the highest quality atmospheric and meteorological research and services to our partners, the research community, and society to protect human health and our environment.
ARL is a research laboratory of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. We are headquartered in College Park, Maryland and have divisions in Oak Ridge,Tennessee (ATDD); Idaho Falls, Idaho (FRD); and Las Vegas, Nevada (SORD).
First Weather Observing Mission for a NOAA UAS within the Continental United States
ATDD has received FAA certification to fly its small Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the Knox County Radio Control Society's model flying field near Knoxville, TN. This is the first time NOAA has received FAA certification to fly a UAS with a weather observing payload inside the continental U.S.