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.
14 March 2018
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 [...]
13 March 2018
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 [...]
10 March 2018
Rutledge, Steven A; Dolan, Brenda
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.