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.
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  Aquarius Mission

Dr. Gary Lagerloef, principal investigator of NASA's Aquarius mission to study the salinity of the ocean surface, received Argentina's International Cooperation Award in Science, Technology and Innovation in December 2016. The award, presented by the nation's Ministry of Science, recognizes non-Argentinians who have contributed significantly to increasing Argentina's international collaborations in the fields of science and technology. Visit Aquarius News to learn more about this prestigious award and the ceremony which took place in Buenos Aires.


ESR’s Research Associate Susan Howard will be leading the following STEM outreach events in Shoreline, WA, supported by ESR Research Scientists, including Julian Schanze. Presentations will focus on "Density and The Oceans.

The Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE) presents a “free” three-part webinar series introducing the basics of ocean energy, including how energy project sites are selected and assessed for their environmental impacts. Webinars are January 24, January 31 and February 1, 2017.

Registration required here: Ocean Energy Webinar Series

  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.