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ARM Megasites Previewed at Annual Science Team Meeting
Apr 04, 2014       
Research colleagues at the annual meeting of DOE's Atmospheric System Research program were among the first to hear details about the ARM Facility's plans for enhanced measurements to speed climate model advancements.

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A New Species in the Amazon Rain Forest: Scientists
Feb 18, 2014       
Scientists will soon have a wealth of new climate data from the Amazon Basin. For the next two years, the Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAMAZON, field campaign is gathering climate data using a comprehensive network of instrumented observation sites located around Manaus, Brazil. Researchers will use data obtained during GOAMAZON to investigate how changes in climate and human influences, such as pollution and deforestation, may impact tropical ecosystems or alter the processes that drive atmospheric circulation around the globe.

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Biogenic Aerosols Examined in Finland Forest
Feb 05, 2014       
This month, the ARM Climate Research Facility is deploying one of its mobile facilities among 50-year-old pine trees in southern Finland as part of the Biogenic Aerosols – Effects on Clouds and Climate field campaign. Equipped with dozens of different instruments to measure properties in the atmosphere, the second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2) will obtain continuous measurements from the site in Hyytiälä, Finland, through September 2014.

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Pole Position: New Field Campaigns Explore Arctic and Antarctic Atmosphere
Dec 30, 2013       
For the first time, ARM ventures to Antarctica for one of several newly selected field campaigns taking place between 2014 and 2016.

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Research Flights Completed for Biomass Burning Field Campaign
Nov 13, 2013       
In late October, the ARM Aerial Facility wrapped up a busy season of research flights for the Biomass Burning Observation Project, using a comprehensive payload of 35 instruments to measure aerosols from both wildfire and agricultural burns. In coordination with about 30 scientists from 12 laboratories, universities, and industry, the AAF team logged 120 flight [...]

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MAGIC Takes a Bow
Nov 07, 2013       
As the Horizon Spirit sailed into port in Los Angeles at the end of September, the U.S. Department of Energy's ARM Climate Research Facility notched another milestone for climate science. In obtaining nearly a year's worth of atmospheric measurements while crisscrossing the Pacific Ocean, ARM's second mobile facility, or AMF2, completed the first-ever full-scale deployment of scientific instrumentation on board an operating container ship.

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New Climate Research Site in the Azores Fills Critical Data Gap
Oct 17, 2013       
On October 1, the ARM Climate Research Facility began providing the research community with continuous data about clouds, aerosols, energy, and precipitation from Graciosa Island in the Azores, Portugal. Installed by a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory, this newest outpost is broadly referred to as the Eastern North Atlantic, or ENA, site, and mirrors ARM's other long-term measurement stations around the world.

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Small Footprint, Big Shoes: Stepping Out at Nauru
Sep 30, 2013       
After 15 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARM observation site at Nauru Island is in the history books, with just a small but significant plaque left behind to mark its chapter in obtaining climate data at the smallest republic in the world. The plaque states: "On this site from 1998 until 2013, the Nauru [...]

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Climate Data Now Flowing from Oliktok, Alaska
Sep 26, 2013       
Scientists seeking answers to questions about Arctic climate change will soon have a bevy of new data to mine from the North Slope of Alaska. In mid-September, a field team led by Sandia National Laboratories finished installing an initial collection of instruments at Oliktok Point, Alaska, for a new Department of Energy climate observation station. Initial data from ARM's third mobile facility are already available to the research community.

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Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 Includes ARM Radar Meteorologist
Sep 17, 2013       
To the casual observer, radars for weather and climate research silently go about their business, sending pulses of energy into the sky to bounce off of clouds and other particles overhead. The return signals feed into a computer where they are converted to data. Simple. But Scott Collis is anything but a casual observer. And [...]

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From Shining Sea to Tropical Rain Forest
Aug 14, 2013       
On June 30, the first ARM Mobile Facility completed a one-year deployment at Cape Cod National Seashore for the Two-Column Aerosol Project. On the heels of this highly visible and successful collaboration, the facility underwent some upgrades and recalibration before being packed and prepared for its voyage to the Amazonian rainforest the first week of September.

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Aerosol Research Heats Up During Summer Fire Season
Jul 08, 2013       
This summer, Department of Energy researchers are maneuvering a high-tech research aircraft into the plumes of wildfires in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Tennessee to collect samples of smoke near the source (new) and downwind (aged). Scientists involved in the Biomass Burning Observation Project, or BBOP, will analyze both new and aged samples to study the evolution of smoke particles and how they affect clouds and climate.

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Taking the Heat in the U.S. Great Plains
Jun 20, 2013       
When the National Weather Service released their predictions for the summer of 2013, it was difficult to miss the zone of warm colors centered over the U.S. Great Plains. Higher than average temperatures are expected in this part of the country. This comes as no surprise, especially after Oklahoma registered record-breaking heat last summer. Scientists have known for [...]

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