Program News

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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New and Improved Ceilometer Datastream Available
Jan 26, 2015       
Recently, the datastream for the ceilometer instrument for all sites were reprocessed. This end-to-end reprocessing task corrected a couple of problems in the formatting of CEIL data and resulted in a new datastream name. First, the “V” in VCEIL was dropped because it represented the name of the vendor. New data standards for ARM require that [...]

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Chasing Aerosols and Atmospheric Rivers
Jan 23, 2015       
Over the next six weeks during the ARM Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment, DOE's second ARM mobile facility and ARM Aerial Facility will be collecting data to improve computer models that predict extreme events in a changing climate. Researchers are hoping to find more answers to atmospheric rivers—a phenomenon only identified by scientists in the last 15 years—and aerosol-precipitation interactions.

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New MICROARSCL Evaluation Data Released for Barrow, Alaska
Jan 23, 2015       
A new evaluation release of 18 months of data from Barrow, Alaska, provides the first KAZR-based Micro-Active Remote Sensing of Clouds (MICROARSCL) data from this North Slope of Alaska (NSA) site. The addition of the KAZR data to the NSA site adds additional temporal and spatial resolution relative to the retired Millimeter Wavelength Cloud Radar [...]

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An Update of WACR-ARSCL: Evaluation VAP Data Available
Jan 23, 2015       
New data sets from the 95 GHz W-band ARM Cloud Radar-Active Remote Sensing of Clouds (WACR-ARSCL) are now available for download as an evaluation value-added product (VAP) for the ARM Mobile Facility (AMF) deployments in Hyytiälä, Finland, from February through September 2014, and Manacapuru, Brazil, from January through December 2014. Evaluation data have been previously [...]

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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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Postdoctoral Researcher Position Available at the University of Reading
Dec 27, 2014       
The University of Reading invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the department of meteorology. This research scientist position will contribute to a multi-institute European Union 7th Framework Programme project, "Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa" (DACCIWA), which will quantify the influence of anthropogenic and natural emissions on the atmospheric composition over South West Africa and [...]

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Cow Pastures and Oil Rigs
Dec 23, 2014       
It is four-thirty on a Sunday morning when my cellphone chirps, rousing me from my deep sleep. As I transition from a horizontal to vertical state, and amidst the muddled fog of dream fragments, I am struck with a thought. One that will float through my mind many times throughout the next three days: I’m going [...]

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New 3D Tour Brings Users to the Southern Great Plains Site…Virtually
Dec 23, 2014       
A virtual tour of the Southern Great Plains Central Facility site is now available. The SGP tour is the first in a series of virtual tours for the ARM Facility and will be followed by tours featuring the North Slope of Alaska and Eastern North Atlantic.

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ARM Facility Insights at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec 13, 2014       
On Monday, December 15, ARM Facility leadership held the ARM Next Generation Town Hall at the 47th annual AGU Fall Meeting. Their presentation is being made available for those who are interested as well as a comprehensive list of the DOE research using ARM data at AGU. On Thursday, December 18, a press workshop will be held for the upcoming CalWater2 and ARM Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX), an interagency, interdisciplinary, field campaign starting in January.

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ARM Educational Outreach Puts Fun Twist on Science Night
Dec 02, 2014       
Community STEM Event Draws Big Crowds In November, ARM communications staff and scientists participated in the 6th annual Chief Joseph Middle School Science Night in Richland, Washington. Hundreds of students, parents, and educators turned out for the popular community event, which is free and open to the public. This year’s theme was: “How we use science, [...]

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Supporting Scientist Positon for ARM at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Nov 26, 2014       
The Cloud Processes Research (CPR) Group within the Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division (AEED) in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate has an opening for a supporting scientist to join the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility data infrastructure. The ARM Facility Infrastructure Team develops value-added products from ARM field measurements to support cloud [...]

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Collaborators from the United States and Brazil Gather in D.C. to Discuss GOAMAZON
Nov 20, 2014       
Last month, researchers from the United States and Brazil came together at a symposium to present findings from their studies on the Amazon. The meeting, “FAPESP-U.S. Collaborative Research on the Amazon,” was organized by the São Paulo Research Foundation Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Estado do São Paulo (FAPESP) in partnership with the U.S. Department [...]

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Around the World in 52 Months
Nov 14, 2014       
The Department of Energy has selected six field campaigns to take place from 2015 through most of 2019. These new efforts kick off in the summer of 2015 at the Southern Great Plains site and take the first ARM Mobile Facility from Brazil to Ascension Island, located in the southeast Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa, in spring 2016.

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University of Miami seeking Faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Nov 07, 2014       
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science invites candidates for a tenure-track faculty position. Candidates with expertise in the experimental research areas of boundary layer meteorology, cloud and aerosol processes, radar meteorology and other types of remote and in-situ observations are especially welcome. The successful [...]

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Under the Radar—This Time in Retirement
Nov 05, 2014       
After 30 years with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, including the last two decades as leader of ARM’s radar engineering group, Kevin Widener retired this summer. Widener’s hard work and dedication to developing ARM’s one-of-a-kind cloud radar network were instrumental to the success and growth of the ARM Facility, which now boasts nearly three dozen radars. [...]

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Megasites Accept Mega Challenge: New Directions Take Formation in First Workshop
Nov 04, 2014       
With the growing interest in high-resolution model simulations, the Department of Energy Climate Environmental Sciences Division is hosting a series of workshops to focus on key scientific needs, gaps, and priorities in process model understanding and climate model prediction through the strategic deployment and operation of routine high-resolution modeling at the future "megasites" at the North Slope of Alaska (NSA) and Southern Great Plains (SGP) for the ARM Climate Research Facility.

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