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What's New

November 08, 2023
Yellow octagonal shaped buoy in greenish-blue clear water with clouds i the sky and land in the background

PMEL 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. Photo of PMEL Carbon Mooring in Kaneohe Bay by Rusty Brainard.

November 08, 2023

Fifty years ago, NOAA created a new environmental research laboratory in Seattle with an initial focus on water quality in Puget Sound, and environmental studies of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Since then, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory has evolved into one of the world’s leading ocean research institutes, specializing in observing ocean conditions... more

In the News

March 14, 2024

After a twelve-month set of climate records driven by global warming it is time to take stock of how we’re impacting the planet as a species. One of the driving forces... more

October 16, 2023

El Niño is expected to gain strength and flaunt its muscle this winter, and forecasters are closely watching ocean temperatures to determine just how strong the El Niño... more

September 06, 2023

The prospect of a possible El Niño summer, with the hot and dry conditions it’s known for in Australia, can be frightening.  The winter has already been dry in parts of... more