Aerial observatory capabilities of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility are operated by the ARM Aerial Facility (AAF). The AAF provides airborne measurements required to answer research questions proposed by scientists from around the world.

The AAF enhances surface-based ARM measurements by providing:

  • in situ measurements of aerosols, clouds, and trace gasses
  • sampling not possible using surface- or satellite-based techniques
  • measurements for validation of surface- or satellite-based techniques
  • context for and extension of surface-based measurements
  • measurements for testing and evaluating models.

AAF GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS BY FACILITY

Note: F = ARM Aerial Facility and S = Supplemental Facility

ACAPEX (ARM Cloud Aerosol Precip Experiment); Mobile Facility

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Gulfstream 159 Aircraft
(Removed: 2015-02-27)
ACX F1 590 m 38.67979 N
121.40059 W

Cape Cod, MA, USA; Mobile Facility (TCAP)

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA; AAF Ground Site
(Removed: 2013-06-30)
PVC S2 17 m 41.665376 N
70.281394 W

Cordoba, Argentina; Mobile Facility (CACTI)

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Cordoba, Argentina; Gulfstream 159 Aircraft
(Removed: 2019-04-30)
COR F1 424 m 33.09273911 S
64.27000427 W

Eastern North Atlantic

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Gulfstream 159 Aircraft
(Removed: 2018-02-19)
ENA F1 56 m 38.7583 N
27.0838 W
Volcanic Soil

Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil; Mobile Facility (GOAMAZON)

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; AAF
(Removed: 2015-12-31)
MAO S3 72 m 3.03862 S
60.04654 W
Tropical Forest

Oliktok Point, Alaska, USA; Mobile Facility

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Gulfstream 159 Aircraft OLI F1 2 m 70.496347 N
149.881568 W
Tundra
DataHawk Unmanned Aerial System OLI F3 2 m 70.496347 N
149.881568 W
Awaiting information
ArcticShark Unmanned Aerial System OLI F4 2 m 70.4957568 N
149.8846464 W
Awaiting information

Southern Great Plains

Site Site Code Facility Elevation (m) Lat/Lon Surface Type
Gulfstream 159 Aircraft SGP F1 215 m 36.75398 N
96.00901 W
Awaiting information
Cessna 206 Aircraft SGP F2 303 m 36.727585 N
97.10158 W
Awaiting information
ARM Aerial Facility (AAF) - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ArcticShark
(Removed: 2019-04-17)
SGP U2 0 m 0 S
0 W
Awaiting information