Department of Energy Arm Facilities on the North Slope of Alaska and Plans for a North Slope “Mega-Site”

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Mark Ivey, Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM, United States and J Verlinde, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, Meteorology, University Park, PA, United States
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its scientific user facility, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, provides scientific infrastructure and data to the international Arctic research community via its research sites located on the North Slope of Alaska. The DOE ARM Program has operated an atmospheric measurement facility in Barrow, Alaska, since 1998. Major upgrades to this facility, including scanning radars, were added in 2010. Facilities and infrastructure to support operations of unmanned aerial systems for science missions in the Arctic and North Slope of Alaska were established at Oliktok Point Alaska in 2013. Tethered instrumented balloons will be used in the near future to make measurements of clouds in the boundary layer including mixed-phase clouds.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is implementing “mega-sites” at the Southern Great Plains and North Slope of Alaska sites. Two workshops were held to gather input from the scientific community on these mega-sites. The NSA workshop was held September 10 and 11 in the Washington DC area. The workshops included discussions of additional profiling remote sensors, detailed measurements of the land-atmosphere interface, aerial operations to link the Barrow and Oliktok sites, unmanned aerial system measurements, and routine large eddy simulation model runs. The “mega-sites” represent a significant new scientific and infrastructure investment by DOE Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

This poster will present information on plans for a North Slope “Megasite” as well as new opportunities for members of the arctic research community to make atmospheric measurements using unmanned aerial systems or tethered balloons in conjunction with the DOE ARM facilities on the North Slope of Alaska.