Earth System Science and Modeling

CPO's Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) division supports research to advance understanding of the Earth system.

To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts--so people can protect themselves and their property--we need to understand global patterns and climate variability and change. And to help manage and conserve coastal resources and marine ecosystems, we need to understand and monitor our oceans and coasts.

The ESSM Division is actively building the global and regional scale understanding needed to improve predictions. The program coordinates an array of researchers from federal agencies, national labs, and universities, focusing them on the most pressing climate research necessary to advance NOAA's prediction and other services and applications.

The ESSM Division comprises four programs: Climate Variability & Predictability (CVP), Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP), and Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, & Climate (AC4), and Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM).

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ESSM News

US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution 25 November 2020

US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

Supported in part by CPO’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) Program, scientists from two University of Colorado institutes and NOAA participated in an intensive field campaign that used instrumented aircraft and vans to investigate the causes or sources of a methane hotspot in the US Southwest. 

MERT Facilitates Enhanced Partnership Between NOAA CoastWatch and Sanctuaries 24 November 2020

MERT Facilitates Enhanced Partnership Between NOAA CoastWatch and Sanctuaries

An interactive webinar, led by the CPO Marine Ecosystems Risk Team (MERT), featured NOAA CoastWatch staff and focused on how the CoastWatch data, tools, and capabilities can be used to inform sanctuaries science and management, including climate change assessment and adaptation.

Revealing the Dynamical Processes of Large-Scale Ocean Fronts 24 November 2020

Revealing the Dynamical Processes of Large-Scale Ocean Fronts

The study, funded in part by CPO’s Climate Variability & Predictability (CVP) program, investigates the dynamic processes that influence submesoscale fronts in the Northwest Pacific subtropical counter-current (STCC) system. 

Long-Term Field Observations Lead to New Insights in the Formation of Organic Aerosols 24 November 2020

Long-Term Field Observations Lead to New Insights in the Formation of Organic Aerosols

Research funded by two AC4 awards used observations from three long-term networks to update or “constrain” the chemical transport model mechanisms to more accurately represent the indirect formation and month-to-month variability of organic aerosol in the US southeast. 

Reducing Temperature Biases in Tropical Ocean Models 24 November 2020

Reducing Temperature Biases in Tropical Ocean Models

This work, funded by CPO’s Climate Variability & Predictability (CVP) program as part of NOAA’s contributions to the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) process studies, demonstrates how increasing the vertical resolution of ocean models can reduce commonly observed biases in the two regions.

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Contact the ESSM Division Chief


Chief, Earth System Science and Modeling Division

P: 301-734-1185
E: jin.huang@noaa.gov

Contact

Dr. Annarita Mariotti
MAPP Program Director
P: 301-734-1237
E: annarita.mariotti@noaa.gov

Dr. Daniel Barrie
MAPP Program Manager
P: 301-734-1256
E: daniel.barrie@noaa.gov

Amara Huddleston*
MAPP Communications & Program Analyst
P: 301-734-1218
E: amara.huddleston@noaa.gov

Courtney Byrd*
MAPP Program Assistant
P: 301-734-1257
E: courtney.byrd@noaa.gov

Contact

Dr. Daniel Barrie
MAPP Program Manager
P: 301-734-1256
E: daniel.barrie@noaa.gov

Alison Stevens*
MAPP Program Specialist
P: 301-734-1218
E: alison.stevens@noaa.gov

Contact

Dr. Sandy Lucas
CVP Program Manager
P: 301-734-1253
E: sandy.lucas@noaa.gov


Contact

Dr. Monika Kopacz (UCAR)
Program manager, Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4)
P: (301) 734-1208
E: monika.kopacz@noaa.gov

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