Expectations for Principal Investigators

 
  1. Abstract. An abstract for the field campaign, suitable for posting on the ARM website, is required before the campaign begins.
  2. Science Plan. Based upon the scope of your field campaign, a science plan may be required. You will be notified if one is requested. The science plan will define relationships and collaborations, including ARM instrumentation, visiting instruments, aerial measurements, aerosol science and engineering, radar science and engineering, and modeling science areas.
  3. Data Submission. Data collected by a principal investigator instrument with ARM support is required to be quality-assured, documented, and released to the ARM Data Archive through the External Data Center as soon as possible after collection, but no later than 6 months from the date of completion of the field campaign. See Submitting Field Campaign Data and Metadata.
  4. Final Report. A final report for the field campaign is required to be submitted to the ARM Facility within 6 months of campaign completion.
  5. Acknowledgement of ARM Facility Support. Investigators who receive ARM support for their campaign should use the following acknowledgment:

This research was supported by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, an Office of Science user facility.

Special Considerations

Oliktok Point

  • Please note that only U.S. citizens are permitted on site at Oliktok Point.
  • Due to requirements of the U.S. Air Force, there is a lead time of at least 180 days, or 6 months, for approvals required for all personnel going to the site.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Tethered Balloon Campaigns

  • Campaigns proposing UAS or tethered balloon operations have additional requirements and longer timelines due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DOE Office of Aviation Management (OAM) regulations. Currently UAS operations may only be proposed at the AMF3 Oliktok Point site.

Guest Instruments for AMF Campaigns

  • ARM will consider logistical support for guest instrumentation associated with AMF campaigns.
  • Due to additional logistical requirements (i.e., customs, shipping, etc.), each AMF campaign will have a cut-off date after which guest instrument support requests will no longer be accepted.

Instrumentation for Offsite Deployments

  • The ARM Facility will consider deployments of non-critical spare instruments to principal investigators for offsite campaigns for periods of 6 months or less. Extensions may be requested.
  • Principal investigators should clearly indicate what is requested of the ARM Facility for an offsite instrument campaign (e.g., shipping of instrumentation, operation or maintenance of instrumentation by ARM staff, or data processing) so that the total costs can be considered in the logistical review.
  • Principal investigators may want to contact the ARM Instrument Coordinator for information about general instrument availability before submitting a preproposal.
  • Instruments are expected to be returned to the facility in operational condition.