NOAA’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. These observations are used to improve weather and climate predictions, fisheries management and coastal resilience. PMEL is a global leader in the development and deployment of innovative strategies for ocean observation. PMEL’s mission is to deliver trusted scientific information through innovative oceanographic and atmospheric research, observations, and technology development in support of society's response to urgent global and regional environmental challenges. Research areas at PMEL include ocean acidification, tsunami detection and forecasting, air-sea interactions, hydrothermal vent systems, fisheries oceanography, and long term climate monitoring and analysis.
Who We Are
PMEL is a laboratory made up of around 180 scientists, engineers, administrative and IT professionals located primarily in Seattle, Washington with a satellite campus in Newport, Oregon conducting research around the globe.
What We Do
For 50 years PMEL has been making critical observations and conducting groundbreaking research to advance our knowledge of the global ocean and its interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems, and climate.
- Arctic Climate Dynamics
- Atmospheric Chemistry
- Climate Weather Interface
- Global Tropical Moored Buoy Array
- Global Observations of Biogeochemistry and Ocean Physics
- Ocean Carbon
- Ocean Climate Stations
- Pacific Western Boundary Currents
- Ecosystem & Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations
- Ocean Acidification
- Ocean Molecular Ecology
Oceans and Coastal Processes Research