Updated: ARM Call for Preliminary Proposals Now Open

Published: 31 March 2020
Radars for COMBLE campaign in Norway
Currently, the first ARM Mobile Facility (AMF1) is in northern Norway for the 2019–2020 Cold-Air Outbreaks in the Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (COMBLE). Photo is by Stephen Springston, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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

The preproposal deadline has been extended to April 10, 2020, for:

  • Use of the first ARM Mobile Facility – AMF1 will be available for deployment beginning in October 2022 for a domestic deployment or December 2022 for an international deployment. The core set of instruments available for this deployment will be very similar to the set currently deployed for the Cold-Air Outbreaks in the Marine Boundary Experiment (COMBLE) field campaign. Significant science justification should be made if the scanning cloud radar is required.
  • Supplemental campaigns – Level 4 campaign proposals to augment an ARM atmospheric observatory will be considered for calendar years 2021−2022.
  • Note: ARM Aerial Facility deployments will not be available for this call.

Submit preproposals online through the field campaign preproposal form.

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 Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program
  • 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) or that support the goals of the Global Energy and Water cycle Exchanges (GEWEX) project are encouraged.

Read the ARM article on five tips for a successful campaign proposal.

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ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.