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Three Projects Launch New Climate Model Development and Validation Activity
Sep 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Research on remote sensing, cloud macrophysics, and clouds-convection representation Within a few years the world of supercomputing will enter the exascale era, putting to work computing systems capable of a billion billion calculations per second. That’s a thousand times faster than the petascale systems that went online only in 2008. This impending technological acceleration means that supercomputer [...]

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Fiscal Year 2017 ASR Funding Opportunity Announced
Aug 22, 2016 [ Program News ]       
The Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that has the potential to improve the accuracy of regional and global climate models through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the [...]

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To Tighten Climate Models, a Livermore Team Investigates the Land-Cloud Interface
Aug 22, 2016 [ Program News ]       
You might say that Yunyan Zhang, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was born to her work. In her native China, the first syllable of “Yunyan” means “cloud,” and the second “Canadian geese,” the migratory birds that take to the sky in V-shaped formations. In a scientific way, Zhang took to the sky early. [...]

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An International Research Consortium Takes Aim at Pan-Arctic Climate Consensus
Aug 22, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Barrow and Oliktok Point, two small places in Alaska, have a big place in understanding the Arctic, a region of the world where climate change has come early and in exaggerated ways. Warming trends there, for instance, are roughly two times the global average. Both of these specks on the Alaska map are home to heavily [...]

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2017 ARM/ASR Joint Meeting Announcement and Results of 2016 Meeting Survey
Aug 22, 2016 [ Program News ]       
The 2017 Joint Meeting of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Users and Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Principal Investigators will take place during the week of March 13 to 17, 2017, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, Virginia. Posting of a draft agenda, opening of the meeting registration website, and sending [...]

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Absorbing Aerosols Workshop Report Now Available
Aug 20, 2016 [ Program News ]       
An Absorbing Aerosols Workshop held January 20 to 21 in Germantown, Maryland, brought together distinguished atmospheric scientists funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program to identify knowledge gaps in modeling and measurement of the effects of absorbing aerosols on radiative forcing. Throughout the workshop, the emphasis was on how DOE’s Office of [...]

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Smoke and Clouds above the Atlantic: Biomass Burning Aerosol and Climate
Jul 25, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Journal article outlines an international campaign to study the impact of African fires A map of large-scale fires in the world is dominated by a broad red slash across the continent of Africa. From July through October, intense emissions of biomass burning aerosol (smoke) rise from the savannas of southern Africa and blow westward over the [...]

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Project Funding Recommended
Jul 25, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy opens annual funding opportunities to support fundamental research and scientific user facilities to deliver the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools that transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. The Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program, within the DOE Office [...]

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ASR Marine Low Clouds Workshop Report Available Online
Jul 25, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Brookhaven National Laboratory hosted the ASR Marine Low Clouds Workshop January 27 to 29, 2016. A report of the findings of the workshop, drafted by co-chairs Michael Jensen and Jian Wang from Brookhaven, and Robert Wood from University of Washington, is now available on the ASR website. A summary of the workshop titled [...]

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Call for Abstracts for AGU Fall Meeting and AMS Annual Meeting
Jun 29, 2016 [ Events ]       
Sessions for this year’s Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union and Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society are being announced. If you will be leading a session, please let us know. Sessions shared with us will be added to this web page and shared in two emails to be sent July 20 and [...]

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ASR CARES Package of Science
Jun 27, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Six years ago this month (June), 60 scientists, engineers, pilots, and instrument technicians—many funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program—swarmed over a region of northern California that was an ideal locale for investigating air quality where city meets nature. During 26 days of research flights and ground-based measurements for the Carbonaceous [...]

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BAMS Article Reports on a Data-Rich Storm Clouds Campaign
Jun 27, 2016 [ Program News ]       
We have all seen a child’s landscape drawing and its archetypal components: a yellow sun, puffy white clouds in a blue sky, and the green Earth below. Let an adult add invisible aerosols, the minute atmospheric particles that absorb or scatter sunlight, and you have climate science in a nutshell—the study of radiation, clouds, precipitation, [...]

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Meeting Moves ASR Science and the ARM Facility Forward
May 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Reminder: 2016 Science Team Meeting presentations need to be uploaded here by May 27. About 240 Atmospheric System Research (ASR) scientists and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility staff met May 2 to 5 at the 2016 Joint User Facility/Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to review progress from the past year and plan [...]

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Nature Geoscience Article: Raindrops Disperse Climate-Critical Organic Particles
May 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
ARM site plays a role in a novel finding on rain events and airborne carbonaceous particles On March 26, 2014, a strong rainstorm swept through a region of open farmland around Lamont, Oklahoma. The next day, a scientist looking at an air sample collected during the rain event made an observation that could alter the way [...]

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Young ASR Researcher Receives White House Award
May 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Gijs de Boer commands an Arctic air force of unmanned miniature planes Making an appearance at the White House in early May was 36-year-old Gijs de Boer, who is both an Atmospheric System Research scientist and ARM Climate Research Facility user. He is a prolific researcher with the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science [...]

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An ASR ‘Green Ocean’ Project Wraps Up its Amazon Data Gathering, Prompts a Coming Tide of Papers
May 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
A 2-year study of atmospheric chemistry over vast Amazonia juxtaposes pristine and polluted environments The Amazon River pours more water into the ocean than any other: 20 percent of the riverine discharge in the world, which fans into an Atlantic Ocean estuary 240 kilometers wide. The Amazon is also the second longest river on the [...]

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Atmospheric System Research Sponsored Workshop on Absorbing Aerosols
May 26, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Light-absorbing aerosol particles contribute substantially to the net uncertainty in aerosol forcing of climate, despite their small abundance compared to non-absorbing aerosol particles.  Their importance and influence on climate is directly linked to their ability to absorb solar energy, subsequently heating the atmosphere and, depending upon their vertical distribution, affecting atmospheric dynamics and cloud formation [...]

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Atmospheric Convection Workshop Held
May 20, 2016 [ Program News ]       
Atmospheric moist convection is a primary process through which much of the heat from the surface of the Earth is transported to the upper troposphere. This process starts out with the formation of small shallow clouds that rise from the boundary layer, which under the right environmental conditions grow into deep thunderstorms that produce rain. These [...]

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ACME/ARM/ASR, or AAA, Workshop Report Available on DOE Website
May 10, 2016 [ Program News ]       
While the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and Atmospheric System Research (ASR) and Earth System Modeling (ESM) programs have made considerable contributions to the understanding of the atmospheric component of Earth’s climate system and to development and evaluation of global climate model parameterizations, greater advances may follow from [...]

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