Program News

DOE User Facilities Join Forces to Study Molecular Processes with Global Effects
Sep 19, 2016       
EMSL will analyze aerosol samples gathered at an ARM site to better understand how microscopic particles and processes affect climate on a global scale Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facilities are sponsoring scientists to learn more about aerosols, tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere, and the role they play in weather and [...]

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Upcoming Election for ARM User Executive Committee
Sep 19, 2016       
Make a Difference: Get Involved Nominations are underway for the ARM Facility’s User Executive committee (UEC). The UEC is made up of scientific users of ARM data. Members are selected according to popular vote by the users according to science areas. This year, in addition to soliciting nominations for science themes, we are accepting nominations to add [...]

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A-OK in Oklahoma: SGP Reconfiguration is Right on Track
Sep 19, 2016       
As part of the next-generation ARM Climate Research Facility initiative, the Southern Great Plains site in Oklahoma has been undergoing a reconfiguration, including moving the Raman lidar, to become a “megasite."

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Capture, Send, Check, Store: ARM’s Continuous Flow of Climate Data
Sep 19, 2016       
From instruments to archives, terabytes on Sun, Clouds, Wind, and Gases In the sky over the Azores, in the remote Atlantic Ocean, a bank of clouds dips toward a radar on Graciosa Island. Data point. In Oliktok, Alaska, arctic sleet patters against a sensor. Data point. Near a wheat field in flat central Oklahoma, an airborne particle falls [...]

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ARM Data Flow: A Look Back
Sep 19, 2016       
From its inception in 1990, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility has focused on four topics: science, instruments, sites, and data. Over time, the science focus evolved, expanding from radiative transfer to atmospheric processes and then to improved parameterizations for models. Instruments got more robust and numerous. The number of sites grew; ARM added [...]

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ARM Principal Investigator Quoted in Science
Sep 19, 2016       
LASIC principal investigator was quoted in a Science news story about African smoke and ocean clouds. Science magazine quoted Paquita Zuidema, University of Miami, in her role as lead scientist for ARM’s Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds (LASIC) campaign. Published August 25, “NASA Aircraft Probe Namibian Clouds to Solve Global Warming Puzzle” describes how NASA’s [...]

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Doing the Translator Shuffle: Changing Roles at ARM
Sep 19, 2016       
ARM Translators taking on new challenges: Mike Jensen steps down, Laura Riihimaki and Scott Giangrande step up The role of lead translator is changing hands as Laura Riihimaki, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), takes over for Mike Jensen, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Scott Giangrande, BNL, is also joining the translator team. Speaking the Language of Data Translators [...]

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HI-SCALE: Phase II
Sep 07, 2016       
The second phase of HI-SCALE is underway! And, somehow we are surviving the heat and humidity! The G-1 aircraft arrived in Bartlesville on Saturday, August 24, and we spent the next day ensuring the plane and instruments were ready for flight missions. Between Monday, August 25, and Labor Day, we completed seven research flights on five [...]

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Spying on Thin Ice Clouds
Aug 15, 2016       
Observations of thin ice clouds are scarce, contributing to a large range of uncertainties in present-day and future simulations of the polar climates. Data from the Thin Ice Clouds in Far Infrared Experiment, or TICFIRE, and ARM's Barrow facility will help to develop a new spaced-based instrument in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency to measure these thin ice clouds.

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ARM’s New Radar Operating Paradigm Aims to Maximize Performance
Aug 15, 2016       
Maintaining the pulse of the radar network is vital to research Radars have been getting a lot of attention at ARM in the last few months. These instruments represent a critical part of ARM’s observation strategy. The ARM Facility operates the largest research radar network in the world, including a wide range of instruments from single-frequency profiling [...]

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Working Together to Develop New Radar Products
Aug 15, 2016       
A joint ARM and ASR workshop turned basic instrument output into more valuable data While many of their neighbors were thinking of the sun, beaches, and waters of Long Island, a group of Atmospheric System Research scientists and ARM Climate Research Facility developers gathered at Stony Brook University (SBU) from June 23 to July 1 for an [...]

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LASSO Released First Results, Corralling Models and Measurements
Aug 15, 2016       
The Alpha 1 release of LASSO showcases features and solicits feedback LASSO has been roping measurements and wrangling models for a year, and the project just released its first set of results, Alpha 1. LASSO: An Integral Part of ARM’s Future LASSO, or Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) ARM Symbiotic Simulation and Observation workflow, is a two-year pilot project meant [...]

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ARM Monograph is Now Available
Aug 15, 2016       
The ARM monograph, an online document written by ARM veterans and published by the American Meteorological Society, is now fully available—all 30 chapters and its three appendices. Chronicling the history of the first two decades of ARM, this monograph, entitled The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program: The First 20 Years, covers: How ARM evolved operationally and scientifically. How [...]

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Early Career Funding Opportunity Available
Aug 08, 2016       
A funding opportunity for early career researchers in universities and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories is available from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The Early Career Research Program, now in its eighth year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research [...]

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Two AERI Installs on Two Islands in Two Months
Aug 03, 2016       
I just completed the second of two Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) installations in what is shaping up to be ARM’s year of the islands. The first was at an ARM Mobile Facility site on Ascension Island for the Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds, or LASIC, campaign. Ascension Island is one of the most remote [...]

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Research Balloon Lost in Alaska
Aug 01, 2016       
A tethered balloon used for atmospheric measurements was being prepared July 27 at Oliktok Point, Alaska, when an unexpected gust of wind lifted the balloon and severed its tether cord. The balloon rose and drifted north across the Beaufort Sea, dropping to the sea roughly 60 km north of Oliktok. The balloon, which carried Atmospheric Radiation Measurement [...]

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