Earth & Space Research (ESR) is a Seattle-based, nonprofit institute specializing in oceanographic research. Our mission is to increase societal understanding of the Earth system through scientific research and public education.

Research at ESR covers a wide range of topics from polar oceanography to equatorial studies. To find out more about what we do, check out some of our current research. Also take a look at our publications and presentations lists to see some of our past and present work.

ESR's main office is in Seattle, WA with branch offices in Oregon and California. You can find out more about us, including contact information, through our About ESR page. Our staff pages also contain information about who we are and what we are interested in.

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  ESR Products Monthly ENSO maps, PDO index maps, Polar Tide Models, Antarctic Tide Gauge Database, and more.
New at ESR  

  ESR Scientist in Antarctica

ESR scientist Scott Springer participated in the ROSETTA-Ice field airborne geophysical research program based at McMurdo Station, Ross Sea, Antarctica in November & December, 2016. Read about his adventures from his "Notes from the Field" blog.


  ESR Outreach

ESR’s Senior Scientist Emeritus, Dr. Robin Muench presented a lecture in September, 2016 on Understanding Climate Change and the Role of The Oceans as part of the Wenatchee River Institute’s 2016 Scientist Speaker Series in Leavenworth, WA.


On Oct 17th, ESR researcher Susan Howard gave a presentation on "Atmospheric Circulation" to a group of 6th grade students at Woodinville Montessori School. On Oct 24th, she gave another presentation on "Ocean Circulation" to the same group of students. The presentations are aimed at giving the students a basic understanding of what causes motion in the atmosphere and oceans, and also the basic circulation patterns that are set up by these motions.


  In Memorium: Dr. Jim O'Brien

We are sad to relay the news that Dr. Jim O'Brien passed away recently. He was a Professor Emeritus of Meteorology/Physical Oceanography, Florida State University. Jim was one of the founding members of ESR's Board of Directors, and voluntarily served on the Board until 2012. He contributed considerable guidance to ESR during our formative years. A special memorial is posted on his department's website at Florida State University.


  Aquarius Mission Complete

The Aquarius / SAC-D Satellite Mission launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface ended June 8, 2015 when an essential part of the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft, which carries NASA's Aquarius instrument, stopped operating. The Aquarius instrument successfully achieved its science objectives and completed its primary three-year mission in November 2014. To learn more about this groundbreaking mission and end of operations, read the NASA Press Release.

After three years of successful Aquarius observations, two visualizations of ocean surface salinity are available at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, for Aquarius Mission Status and Events

Both visualizations are based on Version 3.0 of the Aquarius data products. One is sea surface salinity shown on a spinning globe (with and without grid lines) from September 2011 through September 2014. The other is sea surface salinity shown on a flat map using simple Cartesian and extended Mollweide projections from September 2011 through September 2014. Versions are included with and without grid lines, and in both Atlantic- and Pacific-centered projections. The Aquarius / SAC-D Mission