Research Highlights


Members of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility‚Äôs science team are major contributors to radiation and cloud research. Scientists and investigators using ARM publish about 150 peer-reviewed journal articles per year, and ARM data are used in many studies published by other scientific organizations. These documented research efforts represent tangible evidence of ARM’s contribution to advances in almost all areas of atmospheric radiation and cloud research.

Recent Highlights

Dust indirect climate effects by glaciating mixed-phase clouds

21 June 2019

Liu, Xiaohong

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Aerosol Processes

Mineral dust is one of the most important ice nucleating particles (INPs) in the atmosphere. It can influence the cloud phase transition and radiative forcing of mixed-phase clouds, which are crucial to global energy budget and climate. In this study, we investigate dust indirect effects on mixed-phase clouds through acting [...]

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Retrieving cloud-top radiative cooling for stratocumulus from space

17 June 2019

Zheng, Youtong; Li, Zhanqing

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Radiation Processes

We develop a new algorithm for estimating the cloud-top radiative cooling rate (CTRC), the rate at which marine clouds radiate energy, from space. 

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Heterogeneity of latent heat fluxes over the ARM SGP site from satellite-based and in situ measurements

5 June 2019

Sullivan, Ryan

Supported by: ARM

Research area: Surface Properties

Evapotranspiration (ET), the cumulative quantities of evaporation and plant transpiration, is a leading mechanism, second only to precipitation, for exchange of water between land and the atmosphere, but measurements of ET are limited. NASA’s operational MODIS ET product uses satellite-based surface measurements and reanalysis meteorology to estimate ET, but is [...]

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