Program News

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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Alpha 1 of ARM’s New Modeling Effort Now Released
Jul 31, 2016       
In May 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility began a pilot project to design a routine, high-resolution modeling capability to complement ARM’s extensive suite of measurements at the Southern Great Plains megasite. This large-eddy simulation (LES) modeling capability has been named LASSO—the LES ARM Symbiotic Simulation and Observation [...]

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Data Quality Assessment for ARM Radiation Data (QCRAD) VAP Now Operational
Jul 31, 2016       
The Data Quality Assessment for ARM Radiation Data (QCRAD) value-added product (VAP) is now running operationally for the ARM Mobile Facility deployment at Oliktok Point, Alaska, and Eastern North Atlantic site in the Azores. QCRAD has long been the recommended ARM datastream for broadband surface irradiance measurements. This VAP applies multiple data quality checks, applies [...]

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New Release of Radar CFAD Data Product for ARM Radar Simulator
Jul 31, 2016       
An ARM cloud radar simulator was developed to facilitate direct comparison of climate model output with the ARM ground-based cloud radar measurements by considering limitations and features of the observing process. As part of the effort, this global climate model oriented ARM cloud radar data product, the Contoured Frequency by Altitude Diagram (CFAD), is produced [...]

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Reprocessed Quality Controlled Eddy Correlation Flux Measurement VAP for GoAmazon
Jul 31, 2016       
Quality Controlled Eddy Correlation Flux Measurement (QCECOR) value-added product data were reprocessed for the first ARM Mobile Facility (AMF1) deployment at Manacapuru, Brazil, from April 2014 to December 2015, as a critical component of a two-year scientific collaborative field campaign, the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon) 2014/15. The QCECOR data provide surface sensible and latent heat [...]

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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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