Request for Preproposals for Use of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARM Climate Research Facility

Published: 1 December 2017
The ARM Climate Research Facility is accepting preliminary proposals for field campaigns. The deadline is February 1, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting preliminary proposals from scientists worldwide to use components of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility for field campaigns.

Preproposals are due February 1, 2018, for the use of:

  • AMF1 – The first ARM Mobile Facility will be available for deployment beginning in September 2021.
  • AMF2 – The second ARM Mobile Facility will be available for deployment beginning in January 2022.
  • Supplemental campaigns – Moderate-size campaign proposals to augment an ARM atmospheric observatory will be considered for calendar years 2019-2020. This could include the deployment of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at any of the ARM observatories. The amount of lead time required will be contingent on the complexity of the proposed campaign.

Submit preproposals online through the field campaign preproposal form. Specific starting dates depend on the end of previous campaigns.

Be sure to check the ARM campaign page for more details, including current campaigns and capabilities, and proposal due dates. Proposed deployments should focus on research that addresses the ARM mission of improving the understanding and representation of clouds and aerosols in earth system models, as well as their interactions and coupling with the Earth’s surface.

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • make comprehensive use of the ARM facilities
  • focus on strategic goals of the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
  • have the ability to improve regional or global earth system models.

Proposals that coordinate with other BER community capabilities (e.g., Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, AmeriFlux Network, Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic and Tropics, Energy Exascale Earth System Model) are encouraged.

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The ARM Climate Research Facility is a DOE Office of Science user facility. The ARM Facility is operated by nine DOE national laboratories.