Research Highlights

 

Members of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s 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

Observing clouds in 4D with multi-view stereo photogrammetry

17 August 2018

Romps, David

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

Shallow cumulus clouds – the cotton-ball clouds that drift overhead on partly cloudy days – are hard to observe and, therefore, hard to model and predict.  By deploying a 12-km-diameter ring of cameras, these clouds are now being observed in fine detail using stereo reconstruction.

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Heterogeneity in warm‐season land‐atmosphere coupling over the U.S. Southern Great Plains

9 August 2018

Xie, Shaocheng

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Surface Properties

Land-atmosphere (LA) coupling has been identified to play an important role in climate through its impacts on the energy and water cycles in the Earth system. The driving mechanisms of how the land states (e.g., soil wetness and vegetation) impact the surface turbulent fluxes are not well understood. The United [...]

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Water vapor turbulence profiles of the convective boundary layer over the ARM TWP site

9 August 2018

Turner, David D.; Osman, Mohammed

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Vertical Structures

Turbulence in the convective boundary layer (CBL) is often described by its statistical properties, including the vertical profiles of mean (first moment), variance (second moment), and skewness (third moment). Accurately representing turbulence in numerical models is critical because turbulence mixes mass, momentum, and energy within the CBL, and since turbulence [...]

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