|Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory|
|Air Resources Laboratory|
|Environmental Technology Laboratory|
|Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory|
|Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory|
|National Sea Grant College Program|
|National Undersea Research Program|
|Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory|
The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is engaged in comprehensive long lead-time research fundamental to NOAA's mission. The goal of this research is to expand the scientific understanding of the physical processes that govern the behavior of the atmosphere and the oceans as complex fluid systems. These systems can then be modeled mathematically and their phenomenology can be studied by computer simulation methods.
Events such as El Niño/La Niña have drawn attention to the critical role of the ocean in climate variability, regional climate change, and climate change impacts. At GFDL ocean circulation models are used to predict the response of the world oceans to changing atmospheric conditions and to studying the structure of the ocean through detailed analysis of tracer data.
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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory