aos: Aerosol Observing System

The aerosol observing system (AOS) is the primary platform for in situ aerosol measurements at Earth’s surface. Each AOS has a different complement of instruments, which are selected to ensure the best measurements at each deployment site.

The AOS measures aerosol optical properties to better understand how particles interact with solar radiation and influence the earth’s radiation balance. These measurements are useful for calculating parameters used in radiative forcing calculations, such as the aerosol single scattering albedo, asymmetry parameter, mass scattering efficiency, and hygroscopic growth. Measurements made with the AOS form a long-term record at the ARM fixed sites. Shorter measurement records are available from mobile deployments at a wide variety of geographical regions.  These measurements are valuable for:

  • identifying long-term changes in aerosol properties
  • identifying atmospheric processes controlling aerosol life cycle and their influence on clouds
  • providing experimental data for developing and testing atmospheric climate models.

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

Components

acsm: Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor

aeth: Aethalometer

aosmet: Meteorological Measurements associated with the Aerosol Observing System

aps: Aerodynamic Particle Sizer

caps-pmex: Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift Extinction Monitor

ccn: Cloud Condensation Nuclei Particle Counter

clap: Continuous Light Absorption Photometer

co-analyzer: Carbon Monoxide Analyzer

cpc: Condensation Particle Counter

ghg: Greenhouse Gas Monitor

htdma: Humidified Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer

nephelometer: Nephelometer

nox: Nitrogen Oxides Monitor

ozone: Ozone Monitor

pass: Photoacoustic Soot Spectrometer

pils: Particle Into Liquid Sampler

psap: Particle Soot Absorption Photometer

ptr-ms: Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer

smps: Scanning mobility particle sizer

so2: Sulfur Dioxide Monitor

sp2: Single Particle Soot Photometer

tap: Tricolor Absorption Photometer

tracegas: Trace gas concentrations

uhsas: Ultra-High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer

Related Publications

2018

Springston SR. 2018. Particle Soot Absorption Photometer (PSAP) Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-176.

PZ, M Alvarado, C Chiu, S DeSzoeke, C Fairall, G Feingold, A Freedman, S Ghan, J Haywood, P Kollias, E Lewis, G McFarquhar, A McComiskey, D Mechem, T Onasch, J Redemann, D Romps, D Turner, H Wang, R Wood, S Yuter, and P Zhu. 2018. Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds (LASIC) Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-18-018.

de Boer G. 2018. Profiling at Oliktok Point to Enhance Year of Polar Prediction Experiments (POPEYE) Science Plan. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Research facility. DOE/SC-ARM-18-021.

Liu Y, R Seco, S Kim, A Guenther, A Goldstein, F Keutsch, S Springston, T Watson, P Artaxo, R Souza, K McKinney, and S Martin. 2018. "Isoprene photo-oxidation products quantify the effect of pollution on hydroxyl radicals over Amazonia." Science Advances, 4(4), eaar2547, 10.1126/sciadv.aar2547.

Varble A. 2018. "Erroneous attribution of deep convective invigoration to aerosol concentration." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 75(4), 10.1175/JAS-D-17-0217.1.

2017

Creamean JM. 2017. Exploratory Ice Nucleation Measurements at Oliktok Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-17-034.

Pennypacker S and R Wood. 2017. "A Case Study in Low Aerosol Number Concentrations Over the Eastern North Atlantic: Implications for Pristine Conditions in the Remote Marine Boundary Layer." Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 122(22), doi:10.1002/2017JD027493.

Goss H. 2017. Cloud, Aerosol, and Complex Terrain Interactions (CACTI) Backgrounder. Ed. by Rolanda Jundt, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-17-032.

Jefferson A, D Hageman, H Morrow, F Mei, and T Watson. 2017. "Seven years of aerosol scattering hygroscopic growth measurements from SGP: Factors influencing water uptake." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(17), 10.1002/2017JD026804.

Bullard RL, C Kuang, J Uin, S Smith, and SR Springston. 2017. Aerosol Inlet Characterization Experiment Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-191.


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