NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory

The NOAA Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory in Hawaii is revitalizing site infrastructure to modern codes while focusing on sustainability. After the 2022 volcanic eruption disrupted site operations, NOAA also focused efforts on moving the site to 100% solar power. This initiative will power atmospheric research without fossil fuels, improve the site’s operational resiliency, and make the observatory the first Department of Commerce facility to be NET-ZERO for electricity and water.


Christy Smith, Physical Scientist - Field Operations Manager NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, Observatory Operations Division


March 27, 2024