Program News

Sleepless on the Great Plains
May 22, 2015       
In an effort to understand why the rain in the Great Plains falls mainly in the dark, 20 researchers and dozens of support staff will spend 25 sleepless nights on the ground and in the air this summer as part of the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) field campaign. The ARM Facility will support this campaign from June 1 to July 15 through the Southern Great Plains site and an array of instrumentation.

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Pierre Gentine and Yunyan Zhang Selected Early Career Research Program
May 19, 2015       
Two ARM Facility users and Atmospheric System Research program researchers were selected for the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program (ECRP). Pierre Gentine, from Columbia University in New York, and Yunyan Zhang from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were among the 44 nationwide recipients awarded this funding opportunity that supports the development of individual [...]

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Flynn, Schmid Receive NASA Group Achievement Award
May 18, 2015       
ARM Aerial Facility Technical Director Beat Schmid and ARM Aerosol Working Group Translator Connor Flynn received the prestigious 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Group Achievement Award. The award recognized the collaborative team from the NASA field campaign Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds, and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS) deployed during [...]

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Pilot Phase Begins for Routine Large-Eddy Simulations
May 15, 2015       
Researchers target observation and modeling together for a new level of scientific analysis on climate When it comes to clouds, the Earth’s energy budget, and tiny aerosols, scientists don’t have all the answers. However, each atmospheric model improvement brings them a small step closer. A team of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) scientists, led by William [...]

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Land, Sea, and Air: ACAPEX Targets Atmospheric Rivers
May 13, 2015       
After six weeks of gathering data from air and sea in California, scientists are back on dry land ready to examine their findings. The team, led by Ruby Leung at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, chased and sampled a total of four atmospheric rivers that made landfall in northern California during ARM Cloud Precipitation Experiment (ACAPEX).

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2015 William T. Pecora Award Nominations
May 12, 2015       
Nominations for the 2015 William T. Pecora Award are currently being accepted through June 15. This award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth using remote sensing. Individuals from public and private sector, teams, organizations, and professional societies are eligible. Both national and international nominations [...]

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New MICROBASE Ensemble Data Set Available
Apr 28, 2015       
A new data set of ensemble cloud retrievals from the March 2000 intensive observational period at the Southern Great Plains Central Facility is now available in the ARM Data Archive evaluation area. The new data set uses the baseline cloud microphysical algorithm, known as MICROBASE, along with a variance-based method that varies the empirical parameters [...]

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Navigation Best Estimate Value-Added Product Released
Apr 27, 2015       
Developed in response to the first ship-based deployment of the second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2), the Navigation Best Estimate (NAVBE) Value-Added Product (VAP) has been released for evaluation. Meteorological, cloud, and aerosol measurements were collected during nearly 20 round trips of the container ship, Horizon Spirit, between Los Angeles, CA, and Honolulu, HI, from September [...]

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AmeriFlux and Methane Evaluation VAP Now Available for Barrow Data
Apr 21, 2015       
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are suspected to be key drivers of global climate change. As Arctic permafrost melts, it unlocks stored carbon, which may contribute to large increases in the atmospheric mixing ratios of these gases. Understanding the rates and controlling mechanisms of these releases is of great importance for climate prediction and modeling. The ARM Climate [...]

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First Ever ARM / ASR Joint User Facility PI Meeting
Apr 21, 2015       
A recent joint meeting of the users and staff from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and principal investigators from the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program provided invaluable input on scientific priorities, needs, and gaps to the ARM Facility, as well as insight into ASR research and scientific progress. This first ever joint [...]

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2014 ARM Annual Report Now Available
Apr 20, 2015       
Recently published, the ARM Climate Research Facility Annual Report provides an overview of the ARM Facility and a summary of the 2014 fiscal year. Included in this report is a short overview of the Facility, followed by featured field campaigns, user research results, and summaries of infrastructure achievements. The back section of this report includes [...]

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Aerosol Measurement Science Group Charter Now Available
Mar 26, 2015       
The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility has established a charter for a new Aerosol Measurement Science Group (AMSG). Tasked with providing enhanced coordination of ARM Facility observations of aerosols and atmospheric trace gases with the needs of its users, the group’s main objective is to ensure advanced, well-characterized measurements and data products for [...]

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Joint Meeting to Connect Young Researchers and Federal Representatives
Mar 13, 2015       
The 13th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XIII) brings together young researchers in atmospheric chemistry and representatives of the principal federal agencies that fund research to engage in scientific discussion and interaction. The meetings will forge future professional relationships and benefit the atmospheric science community by spreading awareness of innovations in atmospheric [...]

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New Advisory Group Focuses Efforts on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Mar 03, 2015       
The Arctic is experiencing rapid climate change with nearly double the rate of surface warming observed elsewhere on the planet. Currently, the reasons for arctic amplification are not well understood, nor are the impacts to the global carbon cycle well quantified. Atmospheric researchers are using unmanned aircraft to study problems requiring frequent or long-duration observations [...]

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User Executive Committee Chairs Named
Mar 03, 2015       
The first order of business at the January inaugural meeting of the newly established ARM User Executive Committee was to elect Dave Turner, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory, as chair and Larry Berg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as co-chair. These are 2-year terms with co-chair succeeding to chair at the conclusion of the first term. In [...]

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