Note: Guidance for proposing field research at this observatory is now available. Read Appendix E of the ARM Field Campaign Guidelines, starting on Page 27. Guest instruments will not be supportable at this observatory until late spring/early summer 2024. For the latest information about the observatory’s status, please read this ARM article.
The Bankhead National Forest (BNF) atmospheric observatory is a long-term mobile observatory being established by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility in northwestern Alabama. The BNF is currently expected to be operational for five years, starting in 2024.
Scientists will use data from the BNF to learn about clouds, aerosols, and land-atmosphere interactions, which in turn will lead to improvements in models of the Earth’s climate.