ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns are helping advance climate science.

Scientists from around the world conduct research using data from ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns. ARM’s contributions to atmospheric science can be seen in science publications and research highlights.

Field Campaigns

Field campaigns provide a means for scientists to augment or modify the configuration of the ARM facility to address specific science issues. Campaigns range in complexity from deploying a single instrument to deploying an ARM Mobile Facility to remote locations around the world. As a scientific user facility, any scientist can submit a proposal to do field campaigns at ARM’s atmospheric observatories.


Data from ARM’s continuous measurements and field campaigns at sites around the world are a vital asset to atmospheric researchers. Research results are published in scientific journal articles, conference publications, and presentations.

Research Highlights

Publications in scientific journals represent tangible evidence of ARM’s contribution to advances in almost all areas of atmospheric radiation and cloud research. ARM’s Research Highlights summarize recently published research results.

Recent Highlights

Evaluating and improving convective microphysics parameterization in global climate models

13 May 2021

Fu, Qiang

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: General Circulation and Single Column Models/Parameterizations

Convection parameterization remains at the core of large-scale atmospheric modeling. However, cloud microphysics in most convection schemes is often ignored or oversimplified. Partitioning deep convective cloud condensates into components that sediment and detrain, which is important for anvil cloud properties, is sensitive to cloud hydrometeor sedimentation as well as convective [...]

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A new option for determining aerosol absorption from wildfires

5 May 2021

Schmid, Beat

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Aerosol Properties

Only a few techniques measure aerosol absorption coefficients—the light absorbed by aerosols. This leaves a gap in understanding around aerosol optical properties. Simultaneous transmission/absorption photometry, or STAP, is a new method to measure absorption coefficients of stored samples of collected particles on filters in laboratory settings. STAP uses the radiation [...]

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