Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility US Department of Energy

Marine ARM GPCI Investigations of Clouds (MAGIC): Measuring the Composition of Aerosol Particles

1 July 2013 - 26 September 2013

Lead Scientist: Ernie Lewis

Observatory: AMF, MAG

The role of aerosols on cloud activation and hygroscopic properties is strongly affected by mixing state of aerosol particles. Thus the measurements of aerosol chemical composition are critically important for better understanding of the processes affecting cloud formation and lifetime. The goal of this work was to measure chemical composition of aerosol particles of different origins during the second MAGIC’s Intensive Observation Period (IOP) in July 2013. The working hypothesis is that marine aerosol composition and cloud radiative properties are closely coupled.


Yuan Gao

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Zheng Y, D Rosenfeld, and Z Li. 2016. "Quantifying cloud base updraft speeds of marine stratocumulus from cloud top radiative cooling." Geophysical Research Letters, 43(21), 10.1002/2016gl071185.

Reynolds RM and E Lewis. 2016. Marine ARM GPCI Investigation of Clouds Infrared Sea Surface Temperature Autonomous Radiometer (ISAR) Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-16-052.

Reynolds RM and CN Long. 2016. Marine ARM GPCI Investigation of Clouds Sunshine Pyranometer (SPN1) Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-16-053.

Painemal D, T Greenwald, M Cadeddu, and P Minnis. 2016. "First extended validation of satellite microwave liquid water path with ship-based observations of marine low clouds." Geophysical Research Letters, 43(12), 10.1002/2016gl069061.
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Millan L, M Lebsock, E Fishbein, P Kalmus, and J Teixeira. 2016. "Quantifying Marine Boundary Layer Water Vapor beneath Low Clouds with Near-Infrared and Microwave Imagery." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55(1), 10.1175/jamc-d-15-0143.1.


Fielding MD, JC Chiu, RJ Robin, G Feingold, E Eloranta, EJ O'Connor, and MP Cadeddu. 2015. "Joint retrievals of cloud and drizzle in marine boundary layer clouds using ground-based radar, lidar and zenith radiances." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8, 10.5194/amt-8-2663-2015.

Zhou X, P Kollias, and ER Lewis. 2015. "Clouds, Precipitation, and Marine Boundary Layer Structure during the MAGIC Field Campaign." Journal of Climate, 28(6), 10.1175/jcli-d-14-00320.1.


Kalmus P, M Lebsock, and J Teixeira. 2014. "Observational Boundary Layer Energy and Water Budgets of the Stratocumulus-to-Cumulus Transition." Journal of Climate, 27(24), 10.1175/jcli-d-14-00242.1.

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AOS Aerosol Observing System Browse Data
AOSMET Meteorological Measurements associated with the Aerosol Observing System Browse Data
ASSIST Atmospheric Sounder Spectrometer for Infrared Spectral Technology Browse Data
CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei Particle Counter Browse Data
CEIL Ceilometer Browse Data
CPC Condensation Particle Counter Browse Data
HSRL High Spectral Resolution Lidar Browse Data
HTDMA Humidified Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer Browse Data
IRT Infrared Thermometer Browse Data
KAZR Ka ARM Zenith Radar Browse Data
LDIS Laser Disdrometer Browse Data
MET Surface Meteorological Instrumentation Browse Data
MPL Micropulse Lidar Browse Data
MPLCMASK Cloud mask from Micropulse Lidar Browse Data
MWACR Marine W-Band (95 GHz) ARM Cloud Radar Browse Data
MWR Microwave Radiometer Browse Data
MWR3C Microwave Radiometer, 3 Channel Browse Data
NAV Navigational Location and Attitude Browse Data
NEPHELOMETER Nephelometer Browse Data
OZONE Ozone Monitor Browse Data
PBLHT Planetary Boundary Layer Height Browse Data
PRP Portable Radiation Package Browse Data
PSAP Particle Soot Absorption Photometer Browse Data
RWP Radar Wind Profiler Browse Data
SASZE Shortwave Array Spectroradiometer-Zenith Browse Data
SONDE Balloon-Borne Sounding System Browse Data
S-TABLE Stabilized Platform Browse Data
TSI Total Sky Imager Browse Data
UHSAS Ultra-High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer Browse Data
VISST Minnis Cloud Products Using Visst Algorithm Browse Data