Program News

Radar Engineer for ARM Facility at PNNL
Aug 19, 2014       
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking a radar engineer for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. ARM sites include a broad array of instrumentation, including radars, lidars, radiometers, and meteorological sensors. The radar engineer will be responsible for performing analysis of radar data to assess the operational status of radars in the [...]

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First MAGIC Workshop Discusses Future of Marine Clouds
Aug 12, 2014       
Following the wrap up of the Marine ARM GPCI Investigation of Clouds (MAGIC) field campaign, a workshop was held to provide an overview of existing and planned data analysis from the campaign. In May, the First MAGIC Science Workshop, held at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was attended by 40 scientific experts. Their objectives were to discuss [...]

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Fiscal Year 2015 ASR Funding Opportunity Announced
Aug 11, 2014       
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) grants for under-represented research within the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program. Priority will be given to observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (ARM), ASR, [...]

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First MAGIC Science Workshop a Wrap
Aug 06, 2014       
It’s hard to believe it's been over a year since I was on the Spirit launching weather balloons, but it has. It has also been some time since the last MAGIC update, so I'll try to catch everyone up on developments and current activities. In May I organized the First MAGIC Science Workshop, which was held [...]

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Seeking Lead Mentor for the ARM Soil Water and Temperature System (SWATS)
Aug 05, 2014       
The ARM Climate Research Facility is seeking an ARM Instrument Lead Mentor for the Soil Water and Temperature Systems (SWATS), which provides hourly soil temperature, soil-water potential and volumetric water content measurements at the Southern Great Plains site. The descriptions of the technique and variables measured are given in the SWATS Instrument Handbook. The ARM [...]

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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Clouds available at the University of Reading
Aug 03, 2014       
The University of Reading is seeking a scientist to provide research and develop leadership in the science areas associated with clouds. This position will work within the Department of Meteorology to enhance existing activity in remote sensing of clouds, cloud physics, earth observations, and radar. This position will contribute to the University of Reading’s teaching [...]

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2015 Funding Opportunity Available for Early Career Scientists
Jul 31, 2014       
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting research applications through its Early Career Research Program. For the 2014 call, the DOE Climate and Environmental Sciences Division is only accepting proposals in the area of land-atmosphere interactions. Applications are sought that will reduce the uncertainties in projections from Earth system models through [...]

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Microwave Radiometer Retrieval Data Available for AMF Sites
Jul 22, 2014       
The Microwave Radiometer Retrievals (MWRRET) value-added product (VAP) has now been processed for the following ARM Mobile Facility (AMF) deployments: Black Forest, Germany Shouxian, China Niamey, Niger, West Africa Graciosa Island, Azores. Preliminary data are also available for the MAGIC deployment of the AMF in the evaluation area of the ARM Data Archive. The MAGIC data do not currently include [...]

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Call for Abstracts for AGU Fall Meeting and AMS Annual Meeting
Jul 22, 2014       
Abstract submission deadlines are 6 August for the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and 15 August for the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). AGU Sessions The 2014 AGU Fall Meeting will be held 15-19 December in San Francisco, California. Over 24,000 geophysicists from around the world are expected to attend and present [...]

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Postdoctoral Position Available at Lund University
Jul 11, 2014       
The Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The university in Lund, Sweden, is seeking a postdoctoral associate for the atmospheric modeling group who will work in the development and application of numerical models for simulation of clouds and cloud systems. Working in a teaming environment, the [...]

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AGU Journal Seeks Editor in Chief
Jul 11, 2014       
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is seeking a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards to serve a 4-year term as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES). The editor-in-chief will be the principal architect of the scientific content for the journal and an active scientist, well known and well [...]

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ARM’s Educational Outreach Recognized
Jul 10, 2014       
ARM’s lesson plan, "Thermal Expansion of Water" has been selected for inclusion in the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network’s (CLEAN) collection of educational resources. The CLEAN efforts are funded through research grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy (DOE). Receipt of the prestigious CLEAN [...]

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Sally McFarlane Named DOE ARM Program Manager
Jul 09, 2014       
On July 1, Dr. Sally McFarlane took a new role in the U.S. Department of Energy as the program manager for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility.

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Studying the Sky—Day and Night
Jul 08, 2014       
Clouds play a critical role in our climate system by reflecting light and heat into space and distributing precipitation. At the ARM Southern Great Plains site, a variety of instruments measure different aspects of clouds, such as cloud fraction, or the amount of cloud coverage an area gets at any certain time. In May, a new [...]

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Research Associate Needed in ARM Data Quality Office
Jul 07, 2014       
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma is seeking a research associate with strong attention to detail and good computer skills to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Data Quality (DQ) Office. The DQ Office supports the needs of the DOE’s Atmospheric [...]

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A Richly Deserved Retirement; a Job Well Done
Jul 01, 2014       
June 30, 2014, marks another key milestone in the progress and evolution of the ARM Climate Research Facility. After 20 years of leadership, Wanda Ferrell, DOE Program Director for the ARM Facility, is retiring.

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MICROARSCL Evaluation Data Released: Harnessing the Power of Radar Doppler Spectra
Jun 27, 2014       
Since 2004, the ARM Climate Research Facility has collected continuous recordings of profiling radar Doppler spectra. These recorded spectra offer a powerful means for overcoming the dependency of radar measurements on particle size (proportional to the sixth power of particle diameter), thus enabling the identification of both small and large particle populations in a radar [...]

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Testing the Next Generation of Radiosondes
Jun 26, 2014       
Each year, the ARM Climate Research Facility launches thousands of weather balloons—radiosondes attached to helium balloons—to obtain critical measurements of temperature, pressure, humidity, and winds from the surface to well into the stratosphere. Recently, Vaisala, the company that designs and manufactures the radiosondes that ARM uses, released a new generation of radiosonde systems. These new [...]

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New Best Estimate Data Available for WACR-ARSCL
Jun 19, 2014       
New data from the 95 GHz W-band ARM Cloud Radar-Active Remote Sensing of Clouds (WACR-ARSCL) value-added product (VAP) (Kollias and Miller, 2007) are now available in the ARM Data Archive. In addition to the WACR data, this VAP uses observations from the micropulse lidar and ceilometer to produce cloud boundaries and time-height profiles of cloud [...]

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University of Wyoming Seeking Assistant Professor
Jun 12, 2014       
The Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position, focused on modeling cloud or atmosphere-land interactions processes. This position will collaborate with the observational and modeling faculty and staff to improve the understanding and representation of physical processes in climate models in one of the target areas: [...]

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On the Amazon: A Very Cold Detour
Jun 11, 2014       
I knew I had to return to the Amazon, I packed my Hawaiian shirt for a tropical locale. I was thinking about exotic diets, but turns out I was highly unprepared! As you can see in the picture, I reluctantly braved the hardships necessitated by the extreme environment when I arrived at Oliktok Point, Alaska, [...]

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First Phase of Research Flights Completed for GOAMAZON
Jun 02, 2014       
Crisscrossing the sky above the Amazon Basin, a Gulfstream-1 aircraft operated by the ARM Aerial Facility completed 16 flights and logged 42 research hours between February and March 2014 for Phase 1 of airborne measurements for the Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAMAZON, field campaign.

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Testbed Workshop to Improve Climate Models
Jun 02, 2014       
A primary goal of DOE’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) is to expand the predictive ability of regional and global climate models (GCMs). As climate models are developed, testbeds are one set of tools used to understand, evaluate, and identify areas of improvement. A recently completed report summarizes the results of a DOE [...]

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