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

Combining space and ground measurements for more accurate rainfall estimates

20 November 2018

Jakob, Christian; Collis, Scott Matthew

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

A new integrated radar calibration technique using a combination of radar returns from fixed objects on the ground and satellite measurements yields a long-term radar reflectivity calibration with a much higher accuracy than previously possible.

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The role of cloud top radiative cooling in marine stratocumulus

19 November 2018

Li, Zhanqing; Zheng, Youtong

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Everything cools radiatively. This study investigates how the cooling of oceanic low clouds drives their physical properties including (1) the bases of clouds, (2) surface energy fluxes, and (3) their coupling with sea surfaces.        

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