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

When a pristine rainforest encounters a pollution plume

19 August 2019

Fast, Jerome D

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Aerosol Processes

What happens in a rainforest when urban pollution interacts with pristine air, making numerous fine atmospheric particles that scatter or absorb sunlight and modify characteristics of clouds and precipitation? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy led a study that examined the formation of a class of particles known as [...]

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A new perspective on shallow convective clouds

19 August 2019

Fast, Jerome D

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

Shallow clouds occur over many areas of the world and are an important component of Earth’s atmospheric radiation budget. In addition to local and regional weather conditions, land-atmosphere interactions and aerosol-radiation-cloud interactions influence the life cycle of shallow clouds and their properties. Because shallow clouds are too small to be [...]

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Closing the gaps in modeling rain in large storms

16 August 2019

Fast, Jerome D

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Underestimating the amount of widespread, light-to-moderate stratiform rainfall within large convective storms is a long-standing problem in atmospheric models. However, the factors that contribute to this issue are not well understood. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led a study comparing model results with observations to characterize bias [...]

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