Annual Conference

2019 Global Monitoring Annual Conference

May 23, 2019

NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), Global Monitoring Division, held the 47th Global Monitoring Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21rd and 22th, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado.

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GMD Team Member of the Quarter

Scott Stierle, GMD Radiation Scientist, was awarded the GMD Team Member of the Quarter Award in May 2019 in recognition for developing and effectively applying web-based plotting software so staff in the GMD Radiation Group can easily plot data from diverse input formats and more quickly quality control time series. His programming and computer skills are invaluable! Congratulations, Scott, and thank you for your outstanding contributions to GMD and in support of the scientific community.

Silver Sherman Award

The NOAA Silver Sherman Award was created in 2016 to recognize individuals who excel at their jobs and who have made an exceptional contribution to NOAA's mission above and beyond their normal responsibilities.

The 2019 Silver Sherman Award GMD recipient is Kirk Thoning "for a career touching nearly every fundamental aspect of carbon cycle and atmospheric monitoring work in GMD. Kirk has used his outstanding programming skills to support efforts as diverse and important as scientific analysis, data management strategies, analytical system development, greenhouse gas data visualization, and website enhancement. He excels at his job in an unassuming way, yet always with significant impact in support of the Division.”

Observatories

News and Highlights

Seminar: June 27, 2019

Fires and Their Impacts: From Household Burning to Wildfires

Christine Wiedinmyer
Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

June 5, 2019
New analysis of NOAA’s long-term air samples by NOAA and CIRES scientists finds that the North American terrestrial biosphere takes up unexpectedly large amounts of carbon in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels during El Niño years.
Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

June 4, 2019
Atmospheric carbon dioxide continued its rapid rise in 2019, with the average for May peaking at 414.7 parts per million at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego announced today.
Rising emissions drive Greenhouse Gas Index increase

Rising emissions drive Greenhouse Gas Index increase

May 21, 2019
Record levels of greenhouse gas pollution continued to increase humanity’s impact on the atmosphere’s heat-trapping capacity during 2018, according to a yearly analysis released by NOAA scientists.
Former NOAA employee Christina Koch greets NOAA from the International Space Station

Former NOAA employee Christina Koch greets NOAA from the International Space Station

May 21, 2019
It's not every day you get a message from space. But on May 21, former NOAA employee Christina Koch greeted attendees at NOAA's 47th Global Monitoring Annual Conference from the International Space Station.
US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

May 15, 2019
Natural gas production in the United States has increased 46 percent since 2006, but there has been no significant increase of total US methane emissions and only a modest increase from oil and gas activity, according to a new NOAA study.
Global carbon dioxide growth in 2018 reached 4th highest on record

Global carbon dioxide growth in 2018 reached 4th highest on record

March 22, 2019
By the end of 2018, NOAA’s atmospheric observatory at Mauna Loa recorded the fourth-highest annual growth in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 60 years of record-keeping.
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Research Groups

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Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network

The GGGRN makes measurements of the spatial and temporal distributions of greenhouse gases and provides essential constraints to our understanding of the global carbon cycle.

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Halocarbons and other Trace Species

The HATS group quantifies the distributions and magnitudes of the sources and sinks for important ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases.

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Aerosols

The goals of this program are to characterize means, variability, and trends of climate-forcing properties of different types of aerosols.

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Global Radiation

Activities involve empirical and theoretical research of the Earth's surface radiation budget.

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Ozone and Water Vapor

Research on the nature and causes of the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer and the role of ozone and water vapor in forcing climate change.

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Observatory Operations

NOAA/ESRL operates staffed atmospheric baseline observatories from which numerous in situ and remote atmospheric and solar measurements are conducted.

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