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

The Role of Radiative Heating in the MJO

7 August 2017

Johnson, Richard H; Xie, Shaocheng

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Despite its broad impacts on global weather and climate, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), which dominates tropical intra-seasonal variability, remains poorly represented in many weather forecasts and global climate model simulations. To improve our understanding of key processes of MJO initiation and propagation, this study, resulting from an ASR grant, uses [...]

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Ice formation in stratiform mixed-phase clouds at warm temperatures

19 July 2017

Zhang, Damao

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Low-level stratiform clouds have a high occurrence in polar regions. Accurate cloud thermodynamic phase determination is required to perform cloud property retrievals and to study aerosol-cloud interactions with remote-sensing measurements. However, ice particle formation in slightly supercooled stratiform clouds is still not well documented or understood. 

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