About ARL

The Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) mission is to improve the ability of our Nation to protect human and ecosystem health and to support a vibrant economy through advanced atmospheric sciences and technologies. ARL’s research focus area is on the surface of the earth from one meter below the soil up to 2,000 meters in the atmosphere (aka the boundary layer), which has a significant impact on people’s health and safety, business, and the environment. ARL studies the physical and chemical, short- and long-term processes that occur in the boundary layer. In particular, ARL deals with the mixing, exchange, and transformation properties of energy, moisture, trace gases, and particles, and in contributing inputs to meteorological models and forecast operations that are vital in improving weather forecasts. Primary applications include emergency response, homeland security, air quality, weather forecasts and climate outlooks, and commerce and transportation. ARL’s vision is that the Nation effectively protects people, the environment, and commercial activities from atmospheric risks from a variety of scientific disciplines.

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2021 NOAA Administrator Awards Recognize ARL Efforts in Atmospheric Research

October 29, 2021

Several ARL projects and accomplishments were recognized in the NOAA Administrator’s awards during a ceremony on October 27, 2021, including two bronze medals. The highest honor award granted by the NOAA Administrator, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal recognizes federal employees for superior performance and is awarded to individuals, groups (or teams), and organizations.

Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring at Barrow Observatory

October 18, 2021

The inlet of the mercury monitoring system is visible on the railing of the roof platform at the Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory.

2020’s Economic Slowdown Provides Opportunity to Investigate Ozone Pollution in the U.S.

September 16, 2021

Normally traffic clogged at rush hour, First Avenue in New York is empty due to lockdown restrictions on March 27, 2020. Image Credit: edenpictures