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

Scientists from around the world conduct research using data from the ARM Climate Research Facility’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 deploying an ARM Mobile Facility. As a scientific user facility, any scientist can submit a proposal to do field campaigns at ARM’s atmospheric observatories.


Data from the ARM Facility’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

Entrainment rate diurnal cycle in marine stratiform clouds

16 October 2017

Painemal, David

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Cloud entrainment, the mixing of non-turbulent cloud-free air at the edges of the cloud layer, is a central mechanism governing cloud lifecycles within the cloud-topped marine boundary layer. Cloud-top entrainment across the inversion base regulates the boundary-layer turbulence and growth, as well as the cloud cover and microphysical evolution in [...]

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ARM Cloud Radar Simulator: A New Tool for Bridging Field Data and Climate Models

10 October 2017

Xie, Shaocheng; Zhang, Yuying

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Significant differences exist between how a climate model represents clouds and what instruments observe, both in terms of spatial scale and the properties of the hydrometeors that are either modeled or observed. To address these issues and minimize impacts of instrument limitations, this study developed an ARM radar simulator that [...]

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