Data from the ARM Facility AWARE field campaign will be the focus of a new ASR-funded project.
Data from the ARM Facility AWARE field campaign will be the focus of a new ASR-funded project.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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.

Atmospheric System Research (ASR), within the DOE Office of Science, has recommended funding 15 proposals submitted to university funding announcement DE-FOA-0001638. DE-FOA-0001638 targeted observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies to improve understanding and model representation of convective cloud processes, boundary-layer cloud processes, and secondary organic aerosol processes, as well as the pursuit of ASR-relevant research using observations from recent Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) field campaigns.

The ASR program reviewed 74 single and collaborative applications to this funding opportunity announcement.

“We want to thank the 48 members of the scientific community who contributed their time and expertise to the peer-review process through participation in one or more of the three review panels and/or by submitting mail-in reviews. We also want to thank the PIs [principal investigators] and their institutions for their patience during the approval process,” says ASR Program Managers Ashley Williamson and Shaima Nasiri.

ASR awardees receive funding from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), which focuses on understanding complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems for a secure and sustainable future. After fiscal year 2017 (FY17) funding awards are finalized, principal investigators, titles, abstracts, and team members will be added to the ASR projects web page.

Until then, here is a list of the principal investigators and titles of the recommended projects.

  • Alessandro Battaglia and Ann Fridlind – Ice processes in Antarctica: Identification via multi-wavelength active and passive measurements and model evaluation
  • Brenda Dolan – Toward better understanding of microphysical processes and resulting precipitation physics: A merger of observations and cloud models
  • Qiang Fu – Improving GCM representation of convective anvil cloud microphysics by using ARM Raman lidar and cloud radar observations
  • Thijs Heus – Size decompositions of observed and simulated shallow convective cloud fields
  • Shantanu Jathar – Studying cloud and radiative impacts through an improved physically based representation of organic aerosol in a large-scale model (WRF-Chem)
  • Zhiming Kuang – A Lagrangian study of the transition from shallow to deep convection using ASR observations and LES simulations
  • Neil Lareau – Boundary layer controls on the shallow-to-deep cumulus transition
  • Dan Lubin – Polar cloud microphysics and surface energy budget from AWARE
  • Alexander Marshak and Alexander Khain – ARM shortwave spectrometers to study the clear-cloud transition zone and mixing processes
  • Mark Miller – Connecting the radiative influences of aerosol upon the mass flux profiles of shallow cumuli across the central Atlantic Ocean basin and its boundaries
  • Eli Mlawer – Climate-relevant gas absorption properties from AWARE and other ARM spectral measurements
  • Manabu Shiraiwa – Impacts of phase state and water content on secondary organic aerosol formation and partitioning
  • Joel Thornton – Assessing the drivers of isoprene SOA: Laboratory studies, field observations, and modeling
  • Paul Ziemann – Temperature, humidity, and composition—dependence of secondary organic aerosol viscosity
  • Paquita Zuidema – Marine shallow cloud adjustments to the presence of shortwave-absorbing aerosols: advancing understanding through a combined analysis of LASIC data sets and process modeling.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research as part of the Atmospheric System Research Program.