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

A new route to studying how aerosols form ice crystals

1 March 2021

Fast, Jerome D

Supported by: ASR

Research area: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions

Atmospheric clouds, which contain a combination of small liquid droplets and frozen crystals, influence our weather and climate. Clouds are made up of unfrozen liquid droplets, supercooled water droplets, and/or ice crystals, depending on the altitude in the atmosphere. Effectively modeling atmospheric clouds requires understanding the fractions of these two [...]

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Simulating the effects of surface energy partitioning on convective organization

23 February 2021

Williams, Ian N.

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Surface Properties

Simulations reveal that wet soil can lead to better organized convection than dry, constituting a positive rainfall feedback, despite earlier triggering over dry soil. The effects of cold pools on convective organization vary with surface wetness and convective life cycle stage.

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