Three heavily instrumented fixed-location atmospheric observatories that represent a broad range of conditions are operated by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility to gather massive amounts of atmospheric data. These are:
Mobile and Aerial Observatories
In addition to the fixed-location observatories, ARM also offers both mobile and aerial facilities:
- ARM Mobile Facility (AMF): Scientists can propose to use one of three AMF to obtain atmospheric measurements, similar to those at the fixed-location observatories, for periods of about a year at a time in undersampled regions around the world. The third mobile facility is currently being deployed to Bankhead National Forest in Alabama.
- ARM Aerial Facility (AAF): The AAF obtains aerial measurements in the skies above the fixed-location and AMF observatories. The U.S. Department of Energy funded the purchase of a Bombardier Challenger 850 regional jet to expand ARM’s scientific data capabilities. ARM is also developing uncrewed aerial system and tethered balloon system capabilities to address a wide range of science requirements.
Observatory Locations at a Glance
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Using the Map
- Pan and zoom using buttons in bottom right corner.
- Mouse over a marker to view observatory name.
- Click on a map marker to zoom in on an observatory and view more information.
- Double-click anywhere on map to return to global view.