Program News

Reflections on LASIC Installation Trip to Ascension Island
Jul 29, 2016       
As I sat waiting to board the flight contracted by the Royal Air Force out of Brize Norton in the United Kingdom to Ascension Island, I was excited but already jet-lagged. I had met up with some of the aerosol instrument mentors and site data systems experts from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Argonne National [...]

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An Extreme Case of Cooling
Jul 29, 2016       
Editor’s note: Brett Borchardt, a data quality analyst in the ARM Data Quality Office at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, sent this update. I’ve been investigating an impressive temperature drop at the ARM deployment on the southern tip of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. On July 4, ARM’s Surface Meteorological Instrumentation (MET) instrumentation captured an extreme case of in [...]

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A Day in the Life of a DQ Analyst
Jul 29, 2016       
Editor’s note: Brett Borchardt, a Data Quality Analyst in the ARM Data Quality Office at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, sent this update. Every week, data quality analysts working in the ARM Data Quality Office sift through thousands of days worth of data collected by instruments worldwide in search of even the slightest hint of a looming [...]

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ARM Instruments Reel in Decades of Data
Jul 18, 2016       
Looking back on climate gear both rugged and precise This is the second article about a recently published monograph on the first 25 years of the ARM ClimateResearch Facility. During its more than two data-rich decades, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility has provided science with many enduring gifts, including an organizational template for climate research across the [...]

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Reconfiguring ARM: Arctic Eyes in the Sky
Jul 18, 2016       
The Inaugural Campaigns for ARM Research using Unmanned Systems—or ICARUS—is underway at Oliktok Point, Alaska. In response to researcher input, ICARUS was developed as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility's first initiative to begin routine operations using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and tethered balloon systems (TBS) to collect spatial information about the rapidly changing arctic environment.

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In India, a Science Journal Celebrates Insights from a Ganges Valley Climate Study
Jul 18, 2016       
ARM instrumentation played a big role in the first joint U.S.-Indian experiment of its kind The Ganges River begins in a narrow valley in the Himalayas and flows eastward through a vast valley of farms, cities, power plants, and factories before exiting mightily into the Bay of Bengal. The 2,500-kilometer waterway, fed by Himalayan runoff and [...]

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Next Round of Deadlines for Small Campaigns Coming Up
Jul 18, 2016       
The next deadline to propose for smaller field campaigns will be August 22. Small campaigns do not require a full deployment of ARM Facility equipment, like an ARM mobile or aerial facility. They require just an instrument or two, or are in conjunction with a larger facility operation. Costing less than $25,000, these campaigns give [...]

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Decadal Vision Progress Report Now Available
Jul 18, 2016       
Jim Mather, ARM’s Technical Director, prepared a report detailing progress made toward the ARM Decadal Vision, published in 2014. This strategic progress report, now available on the ARM website, makes engaging reading for anyone interested in ARM’s evolution as the premier data-gathering organization for scientific climate research. Next-generation ARM is focused on more tightly linking measurements [...]

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Call for Abstracts for AGU Fall Meeting and AMS Annual Meeting
Jun 29, 2016       
Sessions for this year’s Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union and Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society are being announced. If you will be leading a session, please let us know. Sessions shared with us will be added to this web page and shared in two emails to be sent July 20 and [...]

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Smoke is in the Air
Jun 27, 2016       
We have the first evidence of smoke being present in the Ascension Island boundary layer from the LASIC [Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds] measurements from June 13 to 15. This indicates the surface-based measurements are picking up the signal of smoke present in the free troposphere and confirms the island is a good place [...]

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Prepping an Aerosol Observing System for Delivery
Jun 24, 2016       
This afternoon, June 21, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) took delivery of the enclosure for the new Southern Great Plains (SGP) aerosol observing system (AOS). This photo shows the SeaTainer sitting in its temporary home at BNL. Over the coming months, BNL will install instruments, the inlet mast, electronics, plumbing, signal wiring and other infrastructure components. [...]

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Caring for CARES: A California Air Study Keeps Spinning a Web of Research
Jun 20, 2016       
During June of 2010, a lot of people cared about the Carbonaceous Aerosols and Radiative Effects Study (CARES), a 26-day investigation of the composition, evolution, and fate of aerosols in an air transport region where both natural and urban emissions mix.

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BAMS Article Reports on a Data-Rich ARM/NASA Storm Clouds Campaign
Jun 20, 2016       
Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment to be published in upcoming edition Convective clouds distribute water, heat, and momentum throughout the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, where weather happens. They get their name from the convective motion prompted when the surface of the Earth heats up, causing air to become buoyant and rise into the atmosphere. With [...]

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Small ARM Campaigns Do Big Science, and You Could Too
Jun 20, 2016       
Next round of deadlines for small campaigns coming up; five recently approved campaigns span from Ascension Island to Mount Bachelor Not every science campaign requires a full deployment of ARM Climate Research Facility equipment; important work can be done with just an instrument or two, or in conjunction with a larger operation. These projects fall under [...]

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Smoke From African Fires: Studying its Impact on Low Clouds
May 23, 2016       
Over a thousand miles off the coast of Angola in West Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean, Ascension Island will be ground zero for the newest field campaign by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility—Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds (LASIC).

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25 Years of ARM Shows Benefits of Having Heads in the Clouds
May 23, 2016       
How ARM transformed the culture of atmospheric science This is the first article in a series about the first 25 years of the ARM Climate Research Facility. A monograph published online this spring by the American Meteorological Society tells the history—25 years of it so far—of what is now called the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research [...]

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Nature Geoscience Article: Raindrops Disperse Climate-Critical Organic Particles
May 23, 2016       
ARM site plays a role in a novel finding on rain events and airborne carbonaceous particles On March 26, 2014, a strong rainstorm swept through a region of open farmland around Lamont, Oklahoma. The next day, a scientist looking at an air sample collected during the rain event made an observation that could alter the way [...]

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Young ASR Researcher Receives White House Award
May 22, 2016       
Gijs de Boer commands an Arctic air force of unmanned miniature planes Making an appearance at the White House in early May was 36-year-old Gijs de Boer, who is both an Atmospheric System Research scientist and ARM Climate Research Facility user. He is a prolific researcher with the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science [...]

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HI-SCALE: A View From the Ground and Sky
May 20, 2016       
Editor’s note: Siegfried Schobesberger, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington, sent this update. Two more weeks of measurement flights have gone by since my last update. As of May 16, we have accomplished 14 research flights. Only one had to be cut short due to thunderstorms moving in on our area of operation. We have [...]

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ACME/ARM/ASR, or AAA, Workshop Report Available on DOE Website
May 10, 2016       
While the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and Atmospheric System Research (ASR) and Earth System Modeling (ESM) programs have made considerable contributions to the understanding of the atmospheric component of Earth’s climate system and to development and evaluation of global climate model parameterizations, greater advances may follow [...]

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HI-SCALE: Introduction to the Team and Instruments
May 10, 2016       
We are into the second week of HI-SCALE, and have completed six research flights with the G-1 aircraft. Several people temporarily left the campaign earlier this week to participate in the ARM/ASR Principal Investigator’s Meeting in DC; however, we are in very capable hands. In addition to the ARM Aerial Facility (AAF) flight crew, we [...]

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New Version of Interpolated Sounding VAP Released
May 09, 2016       
A new version of the Interpolated Sounding (INTERPOLATEDSONDE) value-added product (VAP) is released for use with historical data and current production. The INTERPOLATEDSONDE VAP transforms sounding data into continuous daily files on a fixed time-height grid at one-minute time resolution from the surface up to a limit of approximately 40 kilometers. The grid extends to [...]

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MWRRET Version 2 Evaluation Data Available for Southern Great Plains
May 09, 2016       
The optimal estimation retrieval of liquid water path (LWP) and precipitable water vapor (PWV) have now been applied to the new 3-channel microwave radiometer at Southern Great Plains (SGP). Data for 2015 are now available as an evaluation product, called the Microwave Radiometer Retrieval version 2 (MWRRETv2), with plans to be an operational VAP within [...]

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Version 2 of the Continuous Large-Scale Forcing Data Now Available
May 09, 2016       
Version 2 of the continuous large-scale forcing data value-added product known as VARANAL for the Southern Great Plains has been released for the year 2012 and for June through August 2015. This product includes both the large-scale forcing terms and the evaluation fields, which can be used for driving single-column models and cloud resolving models [...]

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2D ARM Best Estimate Data Sets Updated to Include QCECOR
May 09, 2016       
The ARM Best Estimate 2-dimensional Gridded Surface (ARMBE2DGRID) and ARM Best Estimate Station-based Surface (ARMBESTNS) data sets have been updated to include data for year 2011 and extended for year 2012. The ARMBE2DGRID data set merges together key surface measurements at the Southern Great Plains (SGP) site and interpolates—estimates values between two known values—the data to [...]

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New Release of Reprocessed QCECOR Data
May 09, 2016       
Quality Controlled Eddy Correlation Flux Measurement (QCECOR) value-added product data were reprocessed for all the stations at Southern Great Plains (SGP) site from year 2003 to the end of year 2015. The QCECOR data provide surface sensible and latent heat flux to ARM user community. Eddy correlation flux measurement systems (ECOR) are used by the ARM [...]

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New Radiative Flux Analysis VAP Now Operational
May 05, 2016       
The Radiative Flux Analysis VAP is an implementation of a series of algorithms that estimate clear sky broadband surface irradiances, cloud fraction, optical depth, cloud transmissivity, and cloud radiative effects. This VAP is an updated version of the Shortwave Flux Analysis VAP that includes several improvements and will replace the Shortwave Flux Analysis as the [...]

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HI-SCALE Week 1: It’s a Wrap
May 03, 2016       
Editor’s note: Siegfried Schobesberger, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington, sent this update. After 7 days of hard work, the first week of the HI-SCALE campaign has already passed! We managed a total of four research flights—experiencing a few hiccups, but collected interesting data! Monday, April 25, took our first flight. The G-1 took off from [...]

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