Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility US Department of Energy

ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment AWARE: Filter Sampling Systems

23 November 2015 - 5 January 2017

Lead Scientist: Lynn Russell

Observatory: AMF, AWR

The ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) will be the first climate-related field campaign in West Antarctica in more than 40 years, and will use some of the most advanced instrumentation currently available for atmospheric research. The scientific focus of AWARE-Filters is to characterize and understand the abundance, origins, and chemical composition of Antarctic aerosols. An Aerosol Filter Sampling System operated at McMurdo Station during 2016-2017 will collect continuous, week-long samples of atmospheric aerosol particles complementing sparse previous measurements at high southern latitudes. In conjunction with a sophisticated suite of cloud, radiation, and meteorological measurements, AWARE-Filters samples will enable significant improvements to the characterization of aerosol impacts on Southern Ocean and Antarctic clouds and climate.

Primary analysis activities for AWARE-Filters will include: (1) measurement of particulate composition using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy, enabling identification of organic functional groups and trace metal species, (2) characterization of the particles that serve as cloud condensation and ice-forming nuclei, (3) examination of the linkages between aerosol and cloud optical properties including aerosol indirect radiative effects, (4) determination of aerosol source regions using back trajectories, and (5) identification of key meteorological factors governing aerosol properties through classification of the annual time series into meteorological regimes using k-means cluster analysis.


Dan Lubin


Russell LM, D Lubin, and J Liu. 2019. ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) Fourier Transform Infrared Filter Sampling Systems Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Climate Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-17-026.

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Campaign Data Sets

IOP Participant Data Source Name Final Data
Lynn Russell Fourier Transform Spectrometer Order Data

AWR Data Sources

Name Full Name Browse Data
AERI Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer Browse Data
AERINF AERI Noise Filtered Browse Data
AOS Aerosol Observing System Browse Data
AOSMET Meteorological Measurements associated with the Aerosol Observing System Browse Data
CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei Particle Counter Browse Data
CEIL Ceilometer Browse Data
CPC Condensation Particle Counter Browse Data
CSPHOT Cimel Sunphotometer Browse Data
ECMWFDIAG European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts Diagnostic Analyses Browse Data
ECOR Eddy Correlation Flux Measurement System Browse Data
GNDRAD Ground Radiometers on Stand for Upwelling Radiation Browse Data
GVRP G-band (183 GHz) Vapor Radiometer Profiler Browse Data
HSRL High Spectral Resolution Lidar Browse Data
HTDMA Humidified Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer Browse Data
INTERPSONDE Interpolated Sonde Browse Data
IRT Infrared Thermometer Browse Data
KASACR Ka-Band Scanning ARM Cloud Radar Browse Data
KAZR Ka ARM Zenith Radar Browse Data
KAZRARSCL Active Remote Sensing of CLouds (ARSCL) product using Ka-band ARM Zenith Radars Browse Data
KAZRCOR KAZR Corrected Data Browse Data
LDIS Laser Disdrometer Browse Data
MET Surface Meteorological Instrumentation Browse Data
MFR Multifilter Radiometer Browse Data
MFRSR Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer 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
MWRRET MWR Retrievals Browse Data
NEPHELOMETER Nephelometer Browse Data
OZONE Ozone Monitor Browse Data
PBLHT Planetary Boundary Layer Height Browse Data
PSAP Particle Soot Absorption Photometer Browse Data
QCRAD Data Quality Assessment for ARM Radiation Data Browse Data
RWP Radar Wind Profiler Browse Data
SEBS Surface Energy Balance System Browse Data
SKYRAD Sky Radiometers on Stand for Downwelling Radiation Browse Data
SONDE Balloon-Borne Sounding System Browse Data
SONDEGRID Gridded Sonde VAP Product Browse Data
TSI Total Sky Imager Browse Data
VISST Minnis Cloud Products Using Visst Algorithm Browse Data
XSACR X-Band Scanning ARM Cloud Radar Browse Data