Our mission is to advance scientific understanding of three major environmental and societal issues of our time: climate change, air quality, and stratospheric ozone layer through atmospheric research on the chemical and related physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition.
Our vision of the future is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about our atmosphere (environmental intelligence) to make optimal decisions in the interests of the well being of current and future generations.
Integral to CSD's work is ensuring that governments, the public, and industry can access our scientific findings. We provide explanations of our research in user-friendly, policy-relevant formats, which may be used to help develop informed decisions.
CSD's work to advance the scientific understanding of atmospheric chemical processes is essential for understanding and predicting changes in Earth's environment – the heart of NOAA's mission.