Research Highlights

 

Members of the ARM Climate Research Facility’s science team are major contributors to radiation and cloud research. Scientists and investigators using ARM facilities publish about 150 refereed journal articles per year, and ARM Facility data are used in many studies published by other scientific organizations. These documented research efforts represent tangible evidence of the ARM Facility’s contribution to advances in almost all areas of atmospheric radiation and cloud research.

Recent Highlights

Extensive Surface Melting Event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño

20 June 2017

Vogelmann, Andrew M.; Lubin, Dan

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

West Antarctica is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth, and this warming is closely connected with global sea level rise; however, this warming does not yet have a comprehensive explanation. A study of a large-scale surface melt event determined that the event was likely favored by the [...]

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Capturing effects of crop growth on the atmosphere in the Southern Great Plains

7 June 2017

Torn, Margaret S.; Kueppers, Lara

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Surface Properties

We implemented new algorithms and parameterizations in the Community Land Model (CLM) to capture the atmospheric influence of winter wheat, the dominant crop cover in the Southern Great Plains.

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Crop control of evaporative fraction in SGP

7 June 2017

Torn, Margaret S.; Kueppers, Lara

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Surface Properties

We quantified a dramatic change in the fraction of surface energy transferred to the atmosphere as water vapor with the harvest of winter wheat, and an associated shift in control by the quantity of green leaves pre-harvest to control by soil moisture post-harvest, a shift not seen in adjacent grasslands.

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