ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns are helping advance climate science.

Scientists from around the world conduct research using data from ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns. ARM’s contributions to atmospheric science can be seen in science publications and research highlights.

Field Campaigns

Field campaigns provide a means for scientists to augment or modify the configuration of the ARM facility to address specific science issues. Campaigns range in complexity from deploying a single instrument to deploying an ARM Mobile Facility to remote locations around the world. As a scientific user facility, any scientist can submit a proposal to do field campaigns at ARM’s atmospheric observatories.


Data from ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns at sites around the world are a vital asset to atmospheric researchers. Research results are published in scientific journal articles, conference publications, and presentations.

Research Highlights

Publications in scientific journals represent tangible evidence of ARM’s contribution to advances in almost all areas of atmospheric radiation and cloud research. ARM’s Research Highlights summarize recently published research results.

Recent Highlights

Ground-based observations of cloud and drizzle liquid water path in stratocumulus clouds

6 April 2020

Cadeddu, Maria Paola; Ghate, Virendra Prakash

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

Marine stratocumulus clouds reflect a greater amount of solar radiation back to space than the underlying ocean surface, thereby cooling the Earth’s surface. Hence stratocumulus clouds are an important component of the Earth’s radiation budget. Drizzle is ubiquitous in these clouds, with most of it evaporating before reaching the surface. [...]

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Relationships between rain properties and large-scale conditions during subsidence in the ENA region

27 March 2020

Lamer, Katia; Naud, Catherine M.

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions

Reports of disagreements between numerically modelled and observed rain frequency and intensity suggest that it remains challenging to simulate rain in large-scale models. Since rain is believed to affect not only the hydrological budget but also the radiative response of clouds, it is crucial for rain to be accurately represented [...]

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