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Field of meteorologists' dreams

November 7, 2017

Right now over 200 instruments are ticking around the clock across vast stretches of wheat fields and pastureland inside Oklahoma and Kansas. Their function — to take detailed measurements of our atmosphere — keeps them busy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And without them, scientists around the world would lack critical data they need to truly understand the atmosphere.

These instruments make up the Southern Great Plains (SGP) atmospheric observatory, the world's largest and most extensive climate research facility. This year the site celebrates 25 years of operations, helping scientists gain vital insights into the Earth's cloud, aerosol and atmospheric processes.

The site, managed by EVS researchers, is the first and largest one established by the DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. As a DOE Office of Science User Facility, ARM offers scientific data and support to advance scientific inquiry across a wide variety of fields.

Read the full article by Argonne science writer Joan Koka.

This X-band scanning ARM precipitation radar is part of the Southern Great Plains atmospheric observatory, which has hosted nearly 400 field campaigns over the past 25 years.
This X-band scanning ARM precipitation radar is part of the Southern Great Plains atmospheric observatory, which has hosted nearly 400 field campaigns over the past 25 years. [Source: DOE ARM Climate Research Facility]
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