Program News

HI-SCALE Day 1: Calm Before the Storm
Apr 25, 2016       
Sunday, April 24, 2016, the HI-SCALE campaign (part 1) officially started. The Gulfstream-159 (G-1) aircraft made its way from Pasco, Washington, to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, just yesterday—on board were the pilots, mechanics, and a few Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists. The flight at 19,000 feet was bumpy (mainly due to the Rocky Mountains not far below), [...]

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The Truth About Shallow Clouds: Science Goes Airborne in Oklahoma
Apr 18, 2016       
Starting in late April, and then again in August, researchers will conduct two separate month-long periods of intensive observation at ARM's Southern Great Plains megasite to gather detailed measurements of processes affecting the life cycle of shallow cumulus clouds for the Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems, or HI-SCALE, in an aerial campaign.

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ARM’s Archive Manager About to Retire
Apr 18, 2016       
Raymond McCord, long-time Archive Manager, retires at the end of May One of Raymond McCord's last acts at Archive Manager for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility will be to attend the ARM/Atmospheric System Research Joint User Group/Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons Corner, Virginia, from May 2 to 5. This will provide a fitting opportunity for [...]

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Atmospheric Modeling Advisory Group Assembled
Apr 17, 2016       
ARM recently formed the Atmospheric Modeling Advisory Group to represent research community interests and provide feedback to the LES ARM Symbiotic Simulation and Observation Workflow (LASSO) modeling project. This group consists of six scientists, spanning the range of specialties that will benefit from LASSO, plus ARM Technical Director, Jim Mather; LASSO principal investigator, William Gustafson; [...]

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“Change Is in the Air” as Scientists Evaluate Data Collection with Unmanned Aircraft
Mar 28, 2016       
For decades, studying Earth’s atmosphere meant gathering data with instruments based on land, lofted by balloons, or flown overhead in various types of aircraft, but change is "in the air" as increasingly popular unmanned aerial systems (UASs), such as lightweight miniature airplanes, prove useful for automating data collection. In April, the Evaluating Routine Atmospheric Sounding Measurements Using Unmanned Systems (ERASMUS) campaign will begin a second phase to collect a detailed data set and evaluate the potential for routinely collecting UAS data at the third Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility at Oliktok Point, Alaska.

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ARM Aerial Facility’s Lofty Goal: Collect Crucial Arctic Climate Change Data with Unmanned Aerial Systems
Mar 28, 2016       
ARM bolsters aerial data collection capabilities with new aircraft, instruments for 2016 Concerned about rapid climate change in the Arctic, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is procuring a fleet of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to expand the scope of climate research activities on Alaska’s North Slope and provide [...]

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Scientists Left with “Wealth of Information” as Green Ocean Amazon Campaign Closes
Mar 28, 2016       
Data help reveal urban impacts on the Amazon’s pristine atmosphere, precipitation, and cloud formation Slogging through mud, Amon Haruta and Vagner Castro shielded sensitive climate instruments from the torrential rain. Working with colleagues in the heart of the Amazon, they shut down, dismantled, cleaned, and packed over a hundred instruments and containers from multiple facilities, shipping [...]

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ASR Atmospheric Convection Workshop Held
Mar 28, 2016       
Atmospheric moist convection is a primary process through which much of the heat from the surface of the Earth is transported to the upper troposphere. This process starts out with the formation of small shallow clouds that rise from the boundary layer, which under the right environmental conditions grow into deep thunderstorms that produce rain. These [...]

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