Research Highlights


Members of the ARM Climate Research Facility‚Äôs 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

A pseudo-aerosol convective invigoration effect caused by aerosol-meteorology correlation

14 March 2018

Varble, Adam

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions

Previous studies have hypothesized that increasing the number of particles in the atmosphere that can serve as condensation nuclei for cloud droplets may increase the dynamical intensity of deep, moist convection, and thereby increase cloud top height, for clouds with a warm cloud base and ice. This study shows that [...]

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The dependence of SCM precipitation and clouds on the spatial scale of large-scale forcing at SGP

13 March 2018

Tang, Shuaiqi

Supported by: ARM

Research area: Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Vertical Structures

Previous studies have suggested that some errors in the single-column model (SCM) simulations could be attributed to the lack of spatial variability in the specified domain-mean large-scale forcing.  A recently developed, gridded, large-scale forcing data set describes the spatial variability of the forcing fields, which provide an opportunity for single-column [...]

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Primary modes of global drop-size distributions

10 March 2018

Rutledge, Steven A; Dolan, Brenda

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Processes

Statistical analysis performed on a global data set of disdrometer-observed rain drop size distributions reveals consistent modes of variability, independent of location. Data were clustered based on similar characteristics of the drop size distributions, revealing six main groups that were linked to cloud processes and types.

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