Air Resources Laboratory
The Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) conducts research and development in the fields of air quality, atmospheric dispersion, climate, and boundary layer science. Key activities include the development, evaluation, and application of air quality models; improvement of approaches for predicting atmospheric dispersion of hazardous materials; and the generation of new insights into air-surface exchange and climate variability and trends.
Our Mission is to improve the ability of the Nation to protect human and ecosystem health and to support a vibrant economy through advanced atmospheric sciences and technologies.
NOAA Revisits Atmospheric Dispersion Studies with Modern Technologies
The Field Research Division has begun a series of atmospheric tracer studies to revisit older studies, conducted in the 1950s and 1960s, on short-range dispersion in open terrain. The new studies, called Project Sagebrush, began on September 30, 2013 and extend over several years.