NOAA Earth System Research Lab (ESRL)


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) was formed to pursue a broad and comprehensive understanding of the Earth system. The lab pursues research into the many physical, chemical, and biological processes that need to be dynamically integrated to better predict their behavior over spatial scales from local to global and temporal periods of minutes to millennia. ESRL's work pursues a greater stewardship of the Earth through a number of themes aimed at understanding the Earth system processes and changes.

What type of work is done at ESRL?

Given their broad research objectives, researchers at ESRL often pursue interdisciplinary work. Projects may examine airborne particulate physics, atmospheric processes, or solar effects with respect to distribution patterns and then integrate all of the findings. Projects can involve space, terrestrial, marine, or urban research questions intended to add further knowledge about the earth system.

Summer Research Opportunities?

NOAA ESRL will be offering four to six STAR Fellowships. Fellows can expect to work in small teams and must be highly motivated to tackle complex problems. STAR Fellows may be selected to contribute to one of the long-term data collection projects ESRL manages. ESRL will also be conducting alternative energy and library science work which could benefit from STAR Fellows with appropriate skills and interests. Research mentors may provide background research reading before your fellowship begins. Boulder is a very bicycle-friendly city and the lab makes bikes available to Fellows who are unable to bring their own. Fellows are also able to take advantage of affordable housing opportunites at the nearby University of Colorado arranged by the lab. If you are interested in a fellowship with NOAA ESRL, please keep an eye on this page. We will post more information as it becomes available.

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Housing at ESRL

Every year, the lab site coordinator blocks rooms at the University of Colorado's Bear Creek apartments. The rooms are quads and each person has their own locking bedroom. Information on registration: NOAA Bear Creek Registration

Information regarding rates and a handbook for Bear Creek is also on this site. You can choose your check in and out date and pay on line. If for some reason your dates change, contact the lab site coordinator. If you already know who you would like to share an apartment with please contact the lab site coordinator. Genders can be mixed in apartments as long as all occupants are comfortable with the arrangement.

Where is ESRL?

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