GMD's mission involves answering key scientific questions in three areas of research -- Climate Forcing, Ozone Depletion, and Air Quality. By asking critical scientific questions and conducting detailed and carefully designed research addressing these three themes, GMD scientists provide a basis for assessing the prospects of change in the global climate or in the health of the atmosphere, both of which can significantly affect human health and wellbeing across the globe. GMD is dedicated to acquire, evaluate, and make available accurate, long-term records of atmopheric gases, aerosol particles, and solar radiation in a manner that allows the causes of climate change to be understood.
For more information, you can read the GMD Operating Plan.
Here's a look at some of our key research areas and the groups within GMD.