Program News

Data Developers Take Pair Programming for a Spin with Data Integrator Framework
Apr 17, 2014       
In early April, ARM data developers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) hosted their counterparts from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for three days of hands on learning and discussions about strategies for analyzing and sharing data using the ARM Data Integrator (ADI). Developed by the ARM infrastructure team, this framework: automates the process of retrieving [...]

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New Experiment Records Avian Migration in Oklahoma
Apr 10, 2014       
In late March, scientists launched a new field experiment at the ARM Facility’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) site in Oklahoma to collect data about the flight preferences of migrating birds. For the next two months, a field team led by University of Oklahoma is conducting the Spring 2014 Nocturnal Avian Migration Experiment, using a [...]

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Workshops Begin for ARM Megasites
Apr 09, 2014       
While the mission of the ARM Climate Research Facility has not changed, it is undergoing a reconfiguration to better support the linking of ARM measurements with process-oriented models. The facility reconfiguration, presented at the recent Atmospheric System Research meeting, will involve three main components: Augmenting measurements at the ARM Southern Great Plains site and the two [...]

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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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ARM Data Archive Registered with Elsevier
Apr 02, 2014       
With an ever-increasing need to connect related pieces of information, databases rule the world. As of mid-March, the ARM Data Archive—containing two decades of continuous measurements of clouds, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative energy from ARM sites around the world—is now included on the data repository page of the highly-regarded scientific publisher, Elsevier. Listed under [...]

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MAGIC: An Interns Take
Mar 26, 2014       
Two weeks ago, I was at the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Science Team Meeting and chaired a well-attended session on MAGIC. I gave a summary of MAGIC status and news and presented a few results on aerosol measurements taken during MAGIC. There were seven other presentations, including two from graduate students Xiaoli Zhou from McGill [...]

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2013 ARM Annual Report Now Available
Mar 20, 2014       
The 2013 edition of the ARM Climate Research Facility Annual Report was published in February 2014. The first 25 pages include a short overview of the Facility, followed by featured field campaigns, user research results, and summaries of infrastructure achievements. The back portion of the report includes a summary of all 2013 field campaigns conducted [...]

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Upcoming Webinars on Arctic Black Carbon
Mar 19, 2014       
The Atmosphere Collaboration Team of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is hosting two webinars on black carbon, which are open to the community. Experts on both topics will be on hand to share information and answer questions in an effort to inform the IARPC Atmosphere Collaboration Team of possible future interagency activities [...]

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On the Amazon: G-1 Take One
Mar 06, 2014       
G-1 flight #1 has successfully been completed! Here’s the big white bird waiting for ARM Aerial Facility (AAF) crew and SOBs, or Scientists on Board, (to the right): Left to right: John Hubbe, flight scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Fan Mei, aerosol mentor and flight support, PNNL Duli Chand, aerosol instrument mentor, PNNL John Shilling, scientific crew and instrument [...]

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Off the Amazon: Building Bridges Through Science
Mar 03, 2014       
Last week, I joined science collaborators from the United States and Brazil in Manaus, Amazonas, as the first intensive measurement phase began for the Green Ocean Amazon (GOAMAZON) field campaign. In their opening remarks on Tuesday, several representatives from sponsoring organizations and participating research institutions emphasized the importance of this research, the relationships and [...]

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Ensemble Large-Scale Forcing Data for the MC3E Campaign Available
Feb 26, 2014       
Ensemble forcing data from the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) were developed by considering uncertainties in precipitation observations using the analysis described in Zhang and Lin [1997] and Zhang et al. [2001]. MC3E was a major ARM field campaign conducted from April to June 2011 near the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) site to [...]

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Derived Wind Profile Data from Doppler Lidar Ready for Review
Feb 26, 2014       
Vertically-resolved wind measurements are crucial for numerical weather prediction and for modeling pollutant and aerosol transport. The scanning, coherent Doppler lidars operated by the ARM Facility have the capability of providing accurate, high-resolution wind measurements within the atmospheric boundary layer. A new Doppler lidar wind profile value-added product (VAP) is available as an evaluation product. [...]

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Collaborating with MAGIC
Feb 21, 2014       
MAGIC has still been active and keeping me busy, despite my lapse in writing updates. We left off with a description of presentations to be made at the MAGIC session of the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Fall Working Group Meeting in November. ASR is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy whose goal is [...]

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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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University of Chicago’s Computation Institute Seeks Postdoc
Feb 15, 2014       
The University of Chicago’s Computation Institute is seeking a postdoctoral scholar. This position is for 2 years, with possible extension of 1 year based on performance. The position is expected to begin September 2014 and review of applications will begin immediately. This postdoctoral scholar will participate in an aircraft field campaign, Cloud System Evolution in the [...]

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Postdoctoral Researcher with National Center for Environmental Prediction
Feb 14, 2014       
The National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to be a part of the climate process team, which seeks to rapidly move physical parameterizations from the academic community into the operational forecast system. This position is a collaboration between NCEP and several universities. The selected candidate will work at the [...]

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On the Amazon: A Day in the Life
Feb 11, 2014       
From Manaus, Amazonia, Brazil, to Pasco, Washington, to Long Island, New York, in 4 days, a day in the life of a field scientist... I made a pitstop in Pasco to prep the instruments on the DOE Research G-1 aircraft. The G-1 will be flying to the Amazon in two weeks. It will provide vertical and [...]

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On the Amazon: Part 1 Complete
Feb 05, 2014       
The first part of the GOAMAZON campaign is now in the homestretch. Gunnar Senum, investigator from Brookhaven National Laboratory, and I have now departed the site. From the parking area, I could count four, maybe five, individual cumulonimbus formations with precipitation. I’ve never seen such weather! Enjoy a picture re-cap of the last couple of weeks. They [...]

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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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