AWARE – ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment

On November 5th 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility launched the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE), with equipment deployed to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and McMurdo Station. As a collaborative project between DOE and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, AWARE scientists collected and analyzed data covering the atmospheric energy balance, cloud microphysics, precipitation, and aerosol chemistry. Also AWARE deployed the Second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2), which is the most advanced and complete set of equipment for atmospheric and climate science ever sent to Antarctica.

Climate and Weather Support for the AWARE Mission by the Ohio State University, Polar Meteorology Group View/Read More >>

Website: Gabrielle Ayres, Sr. Research Writer, Content Editor

The AWARE campaign is supported primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program, and, jointly supported by the NSF Division of Polar Programs.


Lead Scientist: Dan Lubin, Climate, Atmospheric Science and Polar Oceanography (CASPO) – Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Co-Principal Investigators: David Bromwich, Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University; Lynn Russell, CASPO, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD; Johannes. Verlinde, The Pennsylvania State University; and Andrew Vogelmann, Brookhaven National Laboratory

On-the-Ice AWARE Team I (First Slider Photo) November 2015 – December 2015:
Back Left to Right: Greg Stone, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM); Iosif “Andrei” Lindenmaier, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Jody Ellis, Hamelmann Communications; Maciej “Mike” Ryczek, BOM; Krzysztof Krzton, BOM; Paul Ortega, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Heath Powers, LANL; Kim Nitschke, LANL. Front row kneeling left to right: Dan Lubin, SIO; Colin Jenkinson, BOM; John Hamelmann, Hamelmann Communications; Jeff Aquilina, BOM

On-the-Ice AWARE Team II December 2015 – February 2016:
Ryan Scott, Site Scientist, SIO; Colin Jenkinson, Site Engineer, BOM; and Greg Stone, Site Technician, BOM

Nature Journal Article: “Antarctic Clouds Studied for First Time in Five Decades,” Author, Alexandra Witze, 05 January 2016.
Article here.

Photos in slider at left: Laser and Auroras photos at ARM overlooking McMurdo Station courtesy of Jeff Aquilina (BOM); Construction photos courtesy of Dan Lubin (SIO); other photos courtesy of Ryan Scott.

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