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

Sunny tropical islands contribute to strengthening of Madden-Julian Oscillation events

14 July 2020

Leung, L. Ruby

Supported by: ASR

Research area: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a pulse of clouds and precipitation that travels eastward across the tropics every month or two, on average. Predicting whether and how this oscillation travels over the Maritime Continent islands—including Sumatra, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Philippines—is challenging because the factors that influence it in [...]

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New insights on Southern Ocean low clouds and atmospheric stability

10 July 2020

Naud, Catherine M.; Booth, James

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Using novel observations of clouds and environmental conditions in the remote Southern Ocean, the conditions of subsidence that sustain low-level clouds were found to be different from those in the Northern Hemisphere. A relatively new measure of lower-atmospheric stability was found to successfully predict low-level cloud vertical location in both [...]

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