Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory
Summary Report No. 24
David J. Hofmann, Editor
James T. Peterson, Editor
Rita M. Rosson, Assistant Editor
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
William Daley, Secretary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
D. James Baker, Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere/Administrator
Environmental Research Laboratories
James L. Rasmussen, Director
Mention of a commercial company or product does not constitute an endorsement by NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories. Use for publicity or advertising purposes of information from this publication concerning proprietary products or the tests of such products is not authorized.
The Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL) is located in Boulder, Colorado, with observatories in Barrow, Alaska; Mauna Loa, Hawaii; Cape Matatula, American Samoa; and South Pole, Antarctica. It is one of twelve components of the Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL) within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CMDL conducts research related to atmospheric constituents that are capable of forcing change in the climate of the earth through modification of the atmospheric radiative environment, for example greenhouse gases and aerosols, and those that may cause depletion of the global ozone layer.
This report is a summary of activities of CMDL for calendar years 1996 and 1997. It is the 24th consecutive report issued by this organization and its Air Resources Laboratory/Geophysical Monitoring for Climatic Change predecessor since formation in 1972. From 1972 through 1993 (numbers 1 through 22), reports were issued annually. For 1994-1995 we began a 2-year reporting cycle, which stems from a need to most efficiently use the time and financial resources of our staff and laboratory and from a general trend towards electronic media. In this respect, CMDL has developed a comprehensive internet home page during the past several years. There you will find information about our major groups and observatories, latest events and press releases, publications, data availability, and personnel. Numerous data graphs and ftp data files are available. The URL address is http://www.cmdl.noaa.gov. Information (program descriptions, accomplishments, publications, plans, data access, etc.) on CMDL parent organizations can best be obtained via the internet. Their URL addresses are ERL: http://www.erl.noaa.gov; OAR: http://www.oar.noaa.gov; NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov.
This report is organized into the following major sections:
1. Observatory, Meteorology, and Data Management
2. Carbon Cycle
3. Aerosols and Radiation
4. Ozone and Water Vapor
5. Nitrous Oxide and Halocompounds
6. Cooperative Programs
These are followed by a list of CMDL staff publications for 1996-1997.
Inquiries and/or comments are welcomed and should be addressed to:
NOAA/Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory
325 Broadway R/CMDL
Boulder, CO 80305
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