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Data management and scientific integration within the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement ProgramThe Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program has been developed by the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal to improve the predictive capabilities of General Circulation Models (GCM's) in their treatment of clouds and radiative transfer effects. To achieve this goal, three experimental testbeds were designed for the deployment of instruments that will collect atmospheric data used to drive the GCM's. Each site, known as a Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART), consists of a highly available, redundant data system for the collection of data from a variety of instrumentation. The first CART site was deployed in April 1992 in the Southern Great Plains (SGP), Lamont, Oklahoma, with the other two sites to follow in September 1995 in the Tropical Western Pacific and in 1997 on the North Slope of Alaska. Approximately 400 MB of data are transferred per day via the Internet from the SGP site to the ARM Experiment Center at Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington. The Experiment Center is central to the ARM data path and provides for the collection, processing, analysis, and delivery of ARM data. Data are received from the CART sites from a variety of instrumentation, observational systems, amd external data sources. The Experiment Center processes these data streams on a continuous basis to provide derived data products to the ARM Science Team in near real-time while providing a three-month running archive of data. A primary requirement of the ARM Program is to preserve and protect all data produced or acquired. This function is performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where leading edge technology is employed for the long-term storage of ARM data. The ARM Archive provides access to data for participation outside of the ARM Program. The ARM Program involves a collaborative effort by teams from various DOE National Laboratories, providing multi-disciplinary areas of expertise. This paper will discuss the collaborative methods in which the ARM teams translate the scientific goals of the Program into data products. By combining atmospheric scientists, systems engineers, and software engineers, the ARM Program has successfully designed and developed an environment where advances in understanding the parameterizations of GCM's can be made.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Gracio, Deborah K. (Pacific Northwest Lab. Richland, WA, United States)
Hatfield, Larry D. (Pacific Northwest Lab. Richland, WA, United States)
Yates, Kenneth R. (Pacific Northwest Lab. Richland, WA, United States)
Voyles, Jimmy W. (Pacific Northwest Lab. Richland, WA, United States)
Tichler, Joyce L. (Brookhaven National Lab. Upton, NY., United States)
Cederwall, Richard T. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Livermore, CA., United States)
Laufersweiler, Mark J. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Livermore, CA., United States)
Leach, Martin J. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Livermore, CA., United States)
Singley, Paul (Oak Ridge National Lab. TN., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, The 1995 Science Information Management and Data Compression Workshop
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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