Program News

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 1 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 [...]

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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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Scientific Data Management Help Needed at Brookhaven
May 31, 2014       
The Environmental and Climate Sciences Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory seeks an advanced applications engineer in scientific data management for their Data Management and Software Engineering Group. This position will be responsible for designing, maintaining, and improving databases, and database and web application tools, containing information about scientific data collected for the DOE Atmospheric Radiation [...]

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Farewell, Dr. Peter Lamb—A Lion for Climate Research
May 30, 2014       
A valued friend and colleague, ARM Facility pioneer, and site scientist for the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) site for many years, Dr. Peter Lamb passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on May 28 at the age of 66. His contributions and many friendships throughout the ARM Facility and scientific community are a [...]

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DOE Early Career Research Awardee to Study Water Cycle
May 21, 2014       
Recently announced by the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program, Mike Pritchard from the University of California-Irvine is one of 35 awardees who will receive funding support for their research over the next 5 years. Pritchard, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science, was selected for his research topic, “Understanding the Roles of [...]

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Forcing Data for MC3E Updated
May 16, 2014       
Large-scale forcing data from the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) have been revised based on the recent update to MC3E sounding data for improved dry bias correction. These include both the ensemble forcing, which is based on uncertainties in precipitation, and the multi-domain forcing data sets over the 300 km, 150 km, and 75 [...]

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Purdue University Seeks Assistant Professor
May 14, 2014       
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University seeks a visiting professor to teach courses for meteorology majors beginning in August 2014. The chosen candidate will teach courses in the areas of atmospheric measurements and observations, atmospheric thermodynamics and physical meteorology, as well as courses in the candidate’s field of specialization. This [...]

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Characterizing Ice Nuclei Over Southern Great Plains
May 13, 2014       
Plants are reservoirs of bacteria and fungal spores, and the soils they grow in are full of these and other particles composed of clay minerals and decaying plant matter. When disturbed by natural or human-caused events such as fires, windstorms, and agricultural activities, these microscopic particles are released into the air, eventually attracting moisture to [...]

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Ceilometer Derived Planetary Boundary Layer Height Datastream Available
May 05, 2014       
Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) height data are now being collected at ARM sites and mobile facilities using an enhanced gradient method algorithm from the Vaisala Ceilometers (VCEIL). These data are part of a new datastream available to the ARM and broader scientific community thanks to an evaluation conducted to compare the PBL height measurement from [...]

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Standards for ARM Data Assure Consistency, Sustainability
May 02, 2014       
To sustain and enable consistent use and analysis of multiyear data sets by the scientific community, the newly published ARM Data Standards Version 1.0 details the required and recommended standards for ARM data.

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