National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

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7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
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Description

NOAA' s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) is a federal research laboratory that makes critical oceanic and atmospheric observations and conducts groundbreaking research to advance our knowledge of the global ocean and its interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems, and climate. Key research areas at PMEL include ocean acidification, tsunami detection and forecasting, hydrothermal vent systems, fisheries oceanography, and long term climate monitoring and analysis. Major accomplishments include the development of the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO)-Triton Array in the tropical Pacific Ocean to help understand and predict El NiƱo/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events, development of Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoys and the Short-Term Inundation Forecast for Tsunamis (SIFT) tsunami forecast system, and research linking ocean carbon inventories with ocean acidification.

PMEL was created as a federal environmental research laboratory in 1973 and has become a global leader in the development and management of ocean observing systems, providing an observational backbone that supports a wide array of research and operational activities within NOAA, in other federal agencies, in academia, in the international community. PMEL has developed innovative engineering and IT capabilities to support researchers in their quest to understand the complex relationships between the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere, and solid earth and to communicate their knowledge to decision-makers and to the public.

PMEL supports and promotes collaborations with researchers outside the Laboratory to extend the availability of its capabilities and opportunities. Whether it is working with academic colleagues to ensure a comprehensive interdisciplinary research project, or working with industry and international partners to extend observational capabilities, an environment of cooperation and collaboration is at the heart of PMEL's operations.

As a publicly funded laboratory, PMEL embraces the concepts of data sharing and an informed public. PMEL aspires to lead the scientific community in generating high-quality, well-documented observations that are openly available. Because PMEL's research will only be important to society if the public has access to the information the Laboratory produces, PMEL strives to bring its data and its scientific insights to a wide array of stakeholders through effective use of information technology and innovative online tools. To best use this information, stakeholders need to understand the implications of this research. Public outreach and education is becoming increasingly important as society addresses a growing range of environmental issues.

PMEL scientists and engineers work side by side with researchers at the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) at Oregon State University, the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawai'i, and the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR) at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks

Mission

NOAA's s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) is a federal laboratory that makes critical observations and conducts groundbreaking research to advance our knowledge of the global ocean and its interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems, and climate. PMEL's mission is to:

  • observe, analyze, and predict oceanic and atmospheric phenomena,
  • lead the development and deployment of innovative technologies,
  • identify and understand ocean-related issues of major consequence, and
  • inform society with well-documented, high quality science.

Key research areas at PMEL include ocean acidification, tsunami detection and forecasting, hydrothermal vent systems, fisheries oceanography, and long term climate monitoring and analysis.

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