Three heavily instrumented fixed-location atmospheric observatories that represent a broad range of climate conditions are operated by the ARM Climate Research Facility to gather massive amounts of climate data. These are:
Mobile and Aerial Observatories
In addition to the fixed-location observatories, ARM also offers both mobile and aerial facilities:
- ARM Mobile Facility (AMF): Three AMF are used by scientists to obtain atmospheric measurements, similar to those at the fixed-location observatories, for periods of about a year at a time anywhere in the world. The third mobile facility is currently undergoing an extended deployment at Oliktok Point, Alaska.
- ARM Aerial Facility (AAF): The AAF obtains aerial measurements in the skies above the fixed-location and AMF observatories. Multiple aircraft platforms, including the Gulfstream-159, unmanned aerial systems, and tethered balloons are available to researchers to address a wide range of science requirements.
Observatory Locations At-A-Glance
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Using the Map
- Pan and zoom using buttons in bottom right corner.
- Mouse over a marker to view observatory name.
- Click on a map marker to zoom in on an observatory and view more information.
- Double-click anywhere on map to return to global view.