ARL Headquarters develops and improves atmospheric dispersion
and air quality models, which track the movement of potentially
harmful substances, collects air quality and deposition
measurements of select air quality parameters, and provides
climate-relevant datasets and assessments of climate variability
and trends. Some products developed by ARL augment the operational
products of NOAA's service-oriented offices, particularly the
National Weather Service. ARL also produces state-of-the art,web-
based assessment tools that serve university researchers, federal
research agencies, and international partners.
ATDD conducts research and development in air quality, climate, and
atmospheric dispersion, with an emphasis on understanding and
predicting the behavior of the lowest portion of the atmosphere.
The main research goals are to develop better methods for predicting
transport, dispersion, and air-surface exchange of air pollutants
and improve reference-grade measurement of climate change and
related physical and chemical processes.
FRD conducts experiments to better understand and predict the
atmospheric boundary layer (the air layer closest to and most
influenced by the ground) through studies of atmospheric transport
and dispersion of particles and gases, and air-surface exchange
processes. FRD develops new technologies and instrumentation to
carry out its mission. In a cooperative agreement with the U.S.
Department of Energy, FRD capabilities are used to support INL
with meteorological measurements, mesoscale modeling and
forecasts, and atmospheric dispersion modeling for accidental
chemical and radiological emergencies at INL.
SORD conducts basic and applied research in atmospheric
dispersion, particle re-suspension, particle deposition, and the
effects of airborne particles on atmospheric opacity. The Division
supports issues of mutual interest to NOAA and the Department of
Energy that relate to the Nevada Test Site, its atmospheric
environment, and its emergency preparedness and emergency response