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Our Measurement Capabilities and Leadership

Understanding Earth systems begins with observing, measuring, and analyzing data collected in the field or sampled remotely.

PNNL scientists lead and participate in a broad range of national and international field research campaigns aimed at improving our understanding of the atmosphere and related Earth systems. PNNL is also an international leader in laboratory studies of atmospheric processes, with internationally recognized scientists using one-of-a-kind instruments to probe the fundamental properties of aerosol particles and other components of the atmosphere.

Both of these sets of activities leverage our extensive experience with observational programs—including technical direction of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and the ARM Aerial Facility, and management of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)—coupled with expertise in instrument design and deployment. In addition to answering basic science questions about the atmosphere, our goal is to use insights gleaned from measurements to improve Earth system models. Better models improve the accuracy of long-term weather forecasts and help our nation develop sustainable solutions to energy and environmental challenges.

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