Facility News

New Advisory Group Focuses Efforts on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Mar 03, 2015       
The Arctic is experiencing rapid climate change with nearly double the rate of surface warming observed elsewhere on the planet. Currently, the reasons for arctic amplification are not well understood, nor are the impacts to the global carbon cycle well quantified. Atmospheric researchers are using unmanned aircraft to study problems requiring frequent or long-duration observations [...]

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User Executive Committee Chairs Named
Mar 03, 2015       
The first order of business at the January inaugural meeting of the newly established ARM User Executive Committee was to elect Dave Turner, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory, as chair and Larry Berg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as co-chair. These are 2-year terms with co-chair succeeding to chair at the conclusion of the first term. In [...]

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Darwin Site Operations Come to an End
Feb 25, 2015       
The third Tropical Western Pacific (TWP) site for the ARM Climate Research Facility was established in 2002 in Darwin, Australia. After twelve and a half years of collecting data, the site closed on December 31, 2014. Data from Darwin were particularly of interest because of its three distinctive climate patterns: A dry continental regime from about [...]

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Nature Article: Carbon Dioxide’s Greenhouse Effect at Earth’s Surface Confirmed Using ARM Data
Feb 25, 2015       
Scientists have for the first time observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface. The research, conducted using data and data products from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, is reported Wednesday, February 25, in the advance online publication of the journal Nature.

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First ARM Summer Workshop to be Held in Oklahoma
Feb 11, 2015       
In an effort to promote the training of the next generation of atmospheric scientists, the first ever ARM Summer Workshop on observations and modeling of aerosol, clouds, and precipitation will take place this summer July 13-24, 2015. Sponsored by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, this workshop will cater to graduate and postdoctoral [...]

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Keeping the Data Flowing
Feb 09, 2015       
Experiences with merging of Archive and DMF systems and data flow In late 2013, the ARM Data Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) procured "next generation" computer hardware to support the ARM Facility. This consolidation of hardware enables interchangeability of devices and capacity between processes of the Data Management Facility (DMF) and ARM Data Archive—also [...]

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North Slope Megasite Preparations Take Form
Feb 03, 2015       
This fall, the installation of the third ARM Mobile Facility was completed at Oliktok Point, Alaska, with the addition of scanning and vertical-pointing radars, as well as a Raman lidar. With 4 years remaining as planned in the extended deployment at Oliktok, the first year of data collections was completed on September 30, 2014.

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ASR Makes Awards to Two Teams for Science at the New ARM Sites
Jan 29, 2015       
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has awarded two Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) grants for under-represented research within the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program. The grants support the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility’s recently established fixed site in the Azores, known as the Eastern North Atlantic (ENA), and [...]

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ARM Tutorials from ASR Science Team Meeting Available Online
Jan 28, 2015       
Realizing the increasing importance of new methods of science communication, the ARM Facility began efforts last year to expand its multimedia outreach. To begin this process, during the Atmospheric System Research’s Science Team Meeting, also referred to as a principal investigator (PI) meeting, ARM created four video tutorials based on lunchtime workshops. These tutorials covered: An [...]

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Survey Says! User Executive Committee Selected
Jan 20, 2015       
Your votes have been processed and the new ARM User Executive Committee (UEC) selected. Members were selected to represent a set of science thematic areas. This committee will be an independent body charged with providing objective, timely feedback to the leadership of the ARM Facility with respect to the user experience. Reporting directly to the [...]

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Studying the Amazon Basin’s Climate by Air and by Land
Jan 15, 2015       
Scientists have now completed the first half of the interagency Green Ocean Amazon (GOAMAZON) campaign, a two-year study to determine how Mother Nature interacts with pollution from a city of 2 million people and the impact that interaction has on the pristine and delicate climate of Brazil’s Amazon Basin.

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Seeing the Silver Lining: Challenges and Champions of Arctic Cloud Studies on Alaska’s North Slope
Jan 12, 2015       
Unmanned Aircraft at Oliktok Point Welcome to the North Slope of Alaska, home to polar bears, caribou, arctic foxes, petroleum-rich wilderness, and four nautical miles of restricted air space. At Oliktok Point, along the Beaufort Sea, the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility deployed its third ARM Mobile Facility (AMF3) giving [...]

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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees—And to the Aerosols
Jan 09, 2015       
Nine months in the icy, cold forests of Finland was not what the second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2) was primarily created for, but because of its adaptability and reputation for stability in various climates and weather conditions, the AMF2 was essential for the Biogenic Aerosols - Effects on Clouds and Climate Campaign.

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Eastern North Atlantic Site Expands Data Capabilities
Jan 06, 2015       
The now one-year-old climate research site has filled with instruments that will lead to cutting-edge research data.

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