EOL Mission

Earth Observing Laboratory's Mission 

EOL's mission is to ensure progress in the atmospheric sciences by providing support for the university community's observational research needs, other NCAR laboratories, and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally. EOL is the NSF's atmospheric research community hub for collecting observational data and transferring knowledge pertaining to instrumentation, measurements, and scientific observations. At present, we are an organization with an annual budget of more than $40M and a staff of over 140, including scientists, engineers, software engineers, project managers, technical and scientific support staff, and management and administration personnel.


Integral elements of our mission


EOL provides high-level engineering and technical expertise, mechanical design, and fabrication to support the atmospheric research community. By working closely with the scientific community, EOL actively develops new technologies and seeks opportunities to stay abreast of emerging trends, technologies, and applications in order to improve our measurement capabilities.


EOL serves the global atmospheric research community with over 50 years of experience in coordinating small and large field programs. We offer scientific, technical, operational, data, and logistics support in an effort to continually drive progress in atmospheric research. Facilities available for deployment include aircraft, radars, lidars, surface and sounding systems, and a range of other in-situ and remote sensing instrumentation.

Data Services

EOL provides robust, accessible data services and data analysis tools and displays to the research and educational communities. We deliver datasets to users online and maintain open data archives for all researchers.



As part of its mission, EOL promotes curiosity about Earth science and fosters an advanced understanding of the processes involved in observational research. In addtion to carrying out our own scientific research, EOL strives to inspire the next generation of observational scientists and engineers by offering various educational, experiential, and outreach opportunities, including engineering and other internships.