Launching an ozone sonde balloon at South Pole Station

Observatories

South Pole Ozone Hole

Fall is the time when the 'ozone hole' at the South Pole reaches its minimum. You can view up to date measurements of ozone at the South Pole Ozone Hole web page.

News and Highlights

Ozone hole modest despite conditions ripe for depletion

Ozone hole modest despite conditions ripe for depletion

November 2, 2018
The ozone hole that forms in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica each September was slightly above average size in 2018, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.
Study sheds light on persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements

Study sheds light on persistent gap in natural gas methane emissions measurements

October 31, 2018
It’s a question that’s puzzled policymakers, researchers and regulatory agencies for years: How much methane is being emitted from natural gas operations across the U.S.? And why have the two main estimation methods applied across U.S. oil and gas basins always seem to disagree?
Photo feature: A ‘welcoming’ sun returns to the South Pole

Photo feature: A ‘welcoming’ sun returns to the South Pole

October 16, 2018
The fall equinox means the end of summer for the Northern Hemisphere, but marks the beginning of spring — and the first glimpse of the sun since March — for scientists at NOAA’s South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station.
After a 20 Year hiatus, GMD scientists will return to sampling the stratosphere with the NASA ER-2 aircraft

After a 20 Year hiatus, GMD scientists will return to sampling the stratosphere with the NASA ER-2 aircraft

October 1, 2018
An airborne project with NOAA and CIRES instrument investigators in the Global Monitoring Division was selected for five-year funding starting in 2020 through 2025 from the NASA Earth Venture Suborbital-3 program (EVS-3).
Stephen Montzka named AGU Fellow

Stephen Montzka named AGU Fellow

August 14, 2018
GMD's Stephen Montzka was named an AGU Fellow for the Class of 2018. The American Geophysical Union will honor the Fellows at its fall meeting in Washington, D.C.
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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.

Annual Conference

2019 Global Monitoring Annual Conference

December 20, 2017

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

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2018 Global Monitoring Division Review

A Laboratory scientific review was held to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted in ESRL/GMD for both internal and external interests, and to help strategically position the division in its planning of future science.

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