NARL is an autonomous research laboratory fully funded by the Department of Space, Government of India and involved in carrying out fundamental and applied research in Atmospheric and Space Sciences.
NARL has now become one of the prime centers for atmospheric research in the country and operates a state-of-the-art MST radar, Rayleigh/ Mie Lidar, Boundary Layer Lidar, Sodium Lidar, Lower Atmospheric Wind Profiler, Sodar, Disdrometer, Optical Rain Gauge, Dual frequency GPS receiver, Automatic Weather Station apart from regular launching of the GPS balloon sonde.
National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) at Gadanki near Tirupati, an autonomous society supported by DOS, is a centre for atmospheric research. NARL is involved in technology development, observations, data archival, dissemination, assimilation and modeling.
NARL carries out its research activities under seven major groups, namely, Radar Application and Development Group, Ionospheric and Space Research Group, Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics Group, Cloud and Convective Systems Group, Aerosols, Radiation and Trace Gases Group, Weather and Climate Research Group and Computers and Data Management Group. Apart from these groups, there are also specific projects such as the LiDAR project and Advanced Space-borne Instrument Development project.