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

Scientists from around the world conduct research using data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user 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 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

Formation and evolution of tar balls from northwestern US wildfires

12 September 2018

Sedlacek, Arthur J; Kleinman, Larry

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Aerosol Processes

Wildfires are major sources of organic and black carbon aerosol particles and tar balls -- a type of brown carbonaceous particle apparently unique to biomass burning -- are under-recognized constituents of wildfire emissions. To help quantify the contribution of biomass burning (BB) to aerosol radiative forcing, the U.S. Department [...]

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Understanding the bubbly nature of cumulus convection

20 August 2018

Morrison, Hugh Clifton

Supported by: ASR

Research area: Vertical Velocity

Recent observations and detailed, high-resolution numerical modeling studies have indicated the thermal-like, bubbling nature of moist convection. Using theoretical insights and high-resolution numerical modeling, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Naval Postgraduate School developed a mathematical expression for the ascent rate of these thermals comprising convective [...]

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