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Argonne scientists study climate change
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science provided $60 million in ARRA funding for climate research to the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a DOE national user facility that has been operating climate observing sites around the world for nearly two decades. These sites help scientists study clouds and their influence on the sun’s radiant energy, which heats our planet.
Above is one of the purchases: the Vaisala Present Weather Detector. It optically measures visibility, present weather, precipitation intensity, and precipitation type. It provides a measure of current weather conditions by combining measurements from three independent sensors; a rain sensor, a temperature sensor, and a visibility sensor.
Argonne scientists Brad Orr and Mike Ritsche are assembling the device.
Photo by George Joch / courtesy Argonne National Laboratory.