The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility provides tailored datastreams known as ARM Best Estimate (ARMBE) data products for use in the evaluation of global earth system models. ARMBE data sets are now available for the Radiative Divergence Using AMF, GERB, and AMMA Stations (RADAGAST) field campaign in Niamey, Niger, and the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE).
The data sets available for both campaigns are ARM Best Estimate Atmospheric Measurements (ARMBEATM) and ARM Best Estimate Cloud Radiation (ARMBECLDRAD). ARMBEATM contains basic atmospheric quantities, and ARMBECLDRAD provides cloud and radiation quantities.
An ARMBE product assembles quantities that are both well observed by ARM over many years and are often used in model evaluation into one data set. These products consist of hourly averages and thus have temporal resolution comparable to a typical resolution used in earth system model output.
Scientists can use the RADAGAST and AWARE ARMBE data sets now. Data for RADAGAST are available from January 1 to December 30, 2006. The AWARE data are from January 1 to December 31, 2016, at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
To cite the data, please use doi:10.5439/1333748 for ARMBEATM and doi:10.5439/1333228 for ARMBECLDRAD.
Reference: Xie S, RB McCoy, SA Klein, RT Cederwall, WJ Wiscombe, EE Clothiaux, KL Gaustad, J Golaz, S Hall, MP Jensen, KL Johnson, Y Lin, CN Long, JH Mather, RA McCord, SA McFarlane, G Palanisamy, Y Shi, and DD Turner. 2010. “ARM Climate Modeling Best Estimate Data – A new data product for climate studies.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91(1), 10.1175/2009bams2891.1.# # #
ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.