Newly Funded ASR Projects Come with a Big TRACER Focus

Published: 18 August 2020

DOE Office of Science logoIn July 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding of $19 million for 31 projects through DOE’s Atmospheric System Research (ASR).

These university-based projects are designed to expand the fundamental understanding of earth systems and improve earth system models. They include a range of atmospheric science topics, including interactions between clouds and aerosols, atmospheric processes in the high northern and southern latitudes, and the development of new atmospheric data products.

“Atmospheric processes leading to cloud formation and precipitation are notoriously complex and difficult to model accurately,” says Chris Fall, Director of DOE’s Office of Science. “These studies, which combine observation and modeling, will be important steps toward more precise and predictive models on both regional and global scales.”

Notably, 10 of the 31 projects will help maximize the scientific impact of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s upcoming TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER).

The ARM TRACER-related projects include:

ASR received 87 full proposals submitted to DOE’s Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002198, and the 31 projects selected for funding were chosen by competitive peer review.

“We want to thank all the researchers who did the long, thoughtful work to submit proposals; we are happy to be able to support so many excellent proposals this year,” says ASR Co-Program Manager Shaima Nasiri. “We also want to thank the 58 members of the scientific community who reviewed these proposals. Each contributed a significant amount of time and expertise throughout the peer-review process.”

Once fiscal year 2020 funding awards are finalized, principal investigators, project titles, abstracts, and team members will be added to the ASR projects web page.

See the full list of the 31 selected projects.

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