PSL analyzes and interprets weather and climate processes influencing water availability and extremes from hours to decades to provide scientific information in support of NOAA’s mission.
Marine resources and ecosystems are important to a variety of sectors. There is a need for improved monitoring and prediction of weather, climate, and water conditions impacting the marine environment.
The stress of too little and too much water can be destabilizing at local, regional and national scales. Accurate water monitoring and predictions are critical.
Improved prediction of subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) extreme weather and climate is a high priority to help NOAA meet mission responsibilities.
Historical weather reconstructions, or reanalyses, provide a crucial link between long paleoclimate reconstructions and climate model forecasts.
Since 2008, ESRL has partnered with the California Department of Water Resources to address water resource and flood protection issues.
Improving monitoring and forecasting of precipitation and cloastal floding in the San Francisco Bay area.
Narrow corridors of concentrated moisture transported in the atmosphere are a key process linking weather and climate.
A field experiment to investigate atmospheric shallow convection and air-sea interaction in the tropical North Atlantic east of Barbados.
Learn about PSL research to address wildfire, post-wildfire impacts: causes, explanations, and risks.
According to this NOAA-sponsored study, natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California's ongoing drought.
Improving extreme precipitation estimates to enhance dam safety and community resilience.
Prototype products being designed to inform/enhance NOAA drought monitoring and outlooks.
A preliminary assessment of Colorado River Basin snowpack evolution during 2017-18.
A study of meteorological causes for the Missouri River Basin flood event to better understand its causes and predictability.
Studying the physical causes for the recent increase of high annual runoff in the Upper Missouri River Basin and present their findings in a new assessment report.
PSL produces 0-10 day forecast guidance products during the fall freeze-up season (Sep-Nov) from a coupled model, which takes
FIRO is a management strategy that uses data from watershed monitoring and modern weather and water forecasting to help water managers selectively retain or release water from reservoirs in a manner that reflects current and forecasted conditions.
FEWS NET works with NOAA and other U.S. government science agencies, national government ministries, international agencies and nongovernmental organizations to produce food security outlooks.
Studies to develop, test and improve measurements of air-sea momentum & heat fluxes to help better predict hurricane track and intensity.
An overview the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP) and Hydromet Forecast Improvement Project (Hydro-FIP).
Identifying the major sources of observed climate and weather patterns.
An assessment of operational and experimental forecast system skill and reliability in the Missouri River Basin.
A ship-based ice camp that will drift for one year with central Arctic ice pack to collect coordinated observations.
The goal of this project will be improved prediction of weather and water in the CO mountains and beyond to inform societal preparedness and response.
PSL contributes to the Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic (SODA) experiment.
PSL is contributing to development of 8–14 day experimental forecasts to help stakeholders plan/prepare for wildfires.