Program News

2016 Joint User Facility/Principal Investigator Meeting
Jan 19, 2016       
The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM)/Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Joint User Facility/Principal Investigator Meeting (Joint PI Meeting) brings together the ASR Program and the ARM Climate Research Facility as world leaders in climate science. This meeting brings together nearly 350 ASR researchers and ARM Facility users and infrastructure members to review progress and plan future directions [...]

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Scientists Study Clouds’ Impact on West Antarctic Ice Melt
Jan 19, 2016       
It has been half a century since the West Antarctic atmosphere has been studied in detail and an “unprecedented deployment” of instruments from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is now delivering data that could help scientists understand how clouds affect melting glaciers.

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Radar Calibration, Grooming, and Alignment at the ARM Oliktok Point Site
Jan 18, 2016       
Before a radar site is "turned on" to the public, there are many steps required to make sure the data are of the highest quality, and satisfies the requirements for scientific usage. One of the primary steps is calibration of the radar system to ensure measurements are accurate and repeatable. An entire suite of performance tests [...]

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Top of the World
Jan 18, 2016       
Stepping off the plane in Barrow, Alaska, feels like stepping into someone's family reunion. The single-terminal airport was packed with people, but not with passengers flying south; family and friends flooded the small room, yelling of happy words echoed each other. Everyone was smiling and catching up, while I stood there wide-eyed, surprised how casual [...]

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All About the Pyrheliometers: 12th Annual IPC Conference
Jan 18, 2016       
Every 5 years the World Radiation Center/Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos in Davos, Switzerland, hosts the International Pyrheliometer Comparison (IPC). Participants bring their instruments to the IPC and receive the transferred World Radiometric Reference (WRR) standard. This year was the 12th annual conference, and my fourth time attending. The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with [...]

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Workshop Features ARM Data
Jan 18, 2016       
In November 2015, the First Workshop on Data Science, held in São Paulo, Brazil, was attended by 65 scientific experts to discuss national and international initiatives for data science that contribute to solving challenges in the context of open data science in Brazil. During the 2-day conference, Giri Palanisamy, ARM Data Services and Strategy Team Manager at [...]

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ARM Facility Insights at the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting
Jan 10, 2016       
Sunday, January 10, marked the beginning of the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, where over 3,000 researchers will congregate in New Orleans to present on topics and learn more about research relating to the theme "Earth System Science in Service to Society." Once again, ARM users and scientists will share results and technological advances that make use of data from the ARM Climate Research Facility during the meeting.

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Joint Call for Research to Analyze Aerosol Samples Collected at ARM’s Southern Great Plains Site
Dec 09, 2015       
A pilot call for proposals is now open for research in focused topics in atmospheric aerosol science that takes advantage of both the analytical instrumentation and capabilities in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) User Facility and the infrastructure and observational capabilities of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. This call follows an [...]

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Insights to ARM Facility Activities at 2015 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec 09, 2015       
At the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 14-18, nearly 24,000 scientists from around the world are gathering to share their latest research results in all areas of Earth science. Find out how researchers are using data from U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility—the world’s most [...]

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New Virtual Tour Takes ARM Users to the “Top of the World”
Dec 07, 2015       
In addition to virtually touring the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) site, climate researchers planning arctic research campaigns can now see ARM's North Slope of Alaska (NSA) site and all its instruments with a click of the mouse—just as if they were actually standing there on a clear day. Located 320 miles [...]

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Scientists Find Mostly Liquid Particulates over Amazon Rainforest
Dec 07, 2015       
When scientists participating in the GoAmazon 2014/2015 experiment measured the physical state of aerosols drifting over the Amazon rain forest, they found that 80 percent of the time those particles were liquid. Their findings, published in Nature Geoscience December 7, were a surprising departure from the results of a previous study.

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Covering All Bases: Probing the Spectrum of Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Dec 07, 2015       
ARM-funded experiment to determine the flow of heat and moisture between Earth and air In less than a year, mile-long fiber optic cables will stretch across prairies and crop fields in Oklahoma, allowing scientists to gain the clearest picture yet of the exchange of heat and moisture between the land and the atmosphere. By determining these [...]

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MC3E: A Legacy of Learning
Dec 07, 2015       
Four years after the field research campaign ended, data are yielding the secrets of storms Large storm clouds influence the Earth's climate system by redistributing heat and moisture in the atmosphere and delivering rain to the surface, yet current climate models struggle to accurately reproduce storm systems. To help resolve this issue, the U.S. Department of [...]

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Aerial Observation Needs Workshop Report Available
Dec 07, 2015       
Manned and unmanned aerial systems (UASs) are essential to studying and modeling atmospheric and terrestrial processes in difficult to reach environments, such as the Arctic. Experts in the atmospheric and terrestrial sciences, airborne observations, and modeling participated in a workshop in May 2015 to assess current and future aerial observation needs. The workshop was hosted by [...]

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