Naval Research Laboratory (Monterey, CA)

Naval Research Laboratory

Program Dates: TBD

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab.


The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Monterey, California is home to the 90+ research scientists, engineers, and information technology specialists of the Marine Meteorology Division, which is part of the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate of NRL, headquartered in Washington, D.C.   The Division conducts basic and applied research in dynamical and physical atmospheric processes and develops information systems that analyze, simulate, predict, and interpret the structure and behavior of these processes and their effect on Navy systems.  The backbone of much of the work in meteorology is found in mathematics (linear algebra, statistics, numerical methods, partial differential equations), physics (thermodynamics, fluid dynamics), computer science (massively parallel computing, artificial intelligence, data mining, graphic design), and field experimentation (instrument design, measurement, data analysis).

The Atmospheric Dynamics and Prediction Branch includes experts in data assimilation, global and mesoscale modeling, probabilistic forecasting, and massively parallel computing algorithms.  Scientists participate in field experiments and use high-performance computing to investigate chaotic behavior of the atmosphere, air-sea interaction, cloud/aerosol microphysics, and wind flow in complex terrain.  Meteorologists, oceanographers, physicists, mathematicians, and software engineers together develop complex computer systems for multiscale data analysis and data assimilation and numerical models that predict future states (1-10 days) of the air/land/ocean system, using conventional and remotely sensed data from around the globe.  Models range from turbulence-scale to urban-scale to global-scale, while interests range from the tropics to the arctic, with an emphasis on marine and coastal environments.   

The Meteorological Applications Development Branch includes experts in aerosol analysis and prediction (dust, smoke, pollution), satellite data applications, tropical cyclone analysis, automated client/server technologies, artificial intelligence, database manipulation and analysis, and electromagnetic/electro-optical propagation.  Scientists combine real-time conventional and satellite and radar observations with numerical products and/or other databases to develop automated data fusion techniques for nowcasts, forecasts, and visualization of weather conditions that impact Navy decision makers.  Multisensor satellite data products are used to analyze dust, snow, cloud, fire/smoke, and tropical cyclones around the globe.  Suites of products are displayed using web-based technology (see 

Extensive computer programming applications, manipulation and analysis of large datasets, and graphical design/display of scientific output is common to much of the Division’s research and development.  Satellite products and numerical analysis and prediction systems are transitioned to NRL Monterey’s primary operational customer, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, co-located with the Marine Meteorology Division on the Monterey campus.