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.
8 January 2018
Matrosov, Sergey; de Boer, Gijs
Research area: Cloud Processes
Ice cloud and precipitation particle types and shapes (habits) influence important microphysical (e.g., crystal growth, evaporation, and sedimentation rates) and radiative (e.g., longwave and shortwave extinction and scattering) processes in the atmosphere. Quantifying particle shapes is critical for refining ice microphysical parameterizations in numerical models and improving quantitative precipitation estimation [...]
21 December 2017
Maahn, Maximilian; de Boer, Gijs
Research area: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions
Local air pollution on Alaska's North Slope appears to affect liquid clouds that form downwind, leading to smaller droplets less likely to fall as drizzle or rain, according to new research. Clouds in the region can either cool or warm the surface, depending on their specific properties and season. In [...]
19 December 2017
Trapp, Robert Jeff; Nesbitt, Steve
Research area: Vertical Velocity
Vertical wind shear exerts a strong control on the width of thunderstorm updrafts and, in turn, on the width of thunderstorm downdrafts and the depth of associated cold pools.