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

Detecting the unseen forces controlling thunderstorm formation

16 September 2021

Fast, Jerome D

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

The mountains of central Argentina generate some of the most intense thunderstorms in the world. Using weather radars, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility mapped the complex wind patterns responsible for the development of the clouds that grow into these intense thunderstorms. These [...]

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Prediction for cloud spacing confirmed using stereo cameras

15 September 2021

Romps, David

Supported by: ARM ASR

Research area: Cloud Distributions/Characterizations

What sets the sizes of clouds and the spacing between them? For shallow cumulus, we can at least offer an order-of-magnitude answer to this question: the natural length scale in a field of shallow cumulus is the depth of the boundary layer. Unfortunately, this hand-waving is a bit uncomfortable. If [...]

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