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

Using ARM cloud observations to confront model cloud transitions

12 April 2018

Mechem, David B.

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Low clouds are represented in Earth System Models (ESMs) using parameterizations that are often based on benchmark simulations from high-resolution process models. But how reliable are the cloud properties and processes produced by these models? A new paper explores model cloud and precipitation transitions in a highly variable meteorological environment [...]

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The relative role of surface energy budget on the warm surface air temperature bias

11 April 2018

Klein, Stephen

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Surface Properties

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division, along with collaborators from the U.K. Met Office and other modeling centers around the world, organized an international multi-model intercomparison project, name CAUSES (Clouds Above the United States and Errors at the Surface), to identify possible causes [...]

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