Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility US Department of Energy

stereocam > Stereo Cameras for CloudsInstrument Type(s) > Baseline

STEREOCAM consists of three pairs of stereo camera setups that aim to provide synchronized and stereo-calibrated time series of images that can be used for 3D cloud mask reconstruction. Each camera pair is positioned at approximately 120 degrees from the other pair, with a 17°-19° pitch angle from the ground, and at 5-6 km distance from the ARM Southern Great Plains observatory to cover the region from northeast, northwest, and southern views. Images from both cameras of the same stereo setup can be paired together to obtain 3D reconstruction by triangulation. 3D reconstructions from the ring of three stereo pairs can be combined together to generate a 3D mask from surrounding views.

A pair of ARM cloud digital cameras is being used for mobile deployments.

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  • AMF1
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  • AMF3


Romps DM and R Oktem. 2022. Retrieving Point Cloud of Cloud Points (PCCP) Value-Added Product from Stereo Cameras. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-252. 10.2172/1648150.


Williams C, K Johnson, S Giangrande, J Hardin, R Öktem, and D Romps. 2021. "Identifying insects, clouds, and precipitation using vertically pointing polarimetric radar Doppler velocity spectra." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 14(6), 10.5194/amt-14-4425-2021.

Tian J, Y Zhang, S Klein, L Wang, R Öktem, and D Romps. 2021. "Summertime Continental Shallow Cumulus Cloud Detection Using GOES-16 Satellite and Ground-Based Stereo Cameras at the DOE ARM Southern Great Plains Site." Remote Sensing, 13(12), 10.3390/rs13122309.
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Romps D, R Öktem, S Endo, and A Vogelmann. 2021. "On the lifecycle of a shallow cumulus cloud: Is it a bubble or plume, active or forced?" Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 78(9), 10.1175/JAS-D-20-0361.1.
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Romps D and R Öktem. 2018. "Observing clouds in 4D with multi-view stereo photogrammetry." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99(12), 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0029.1.
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