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Signing Ceremony for the "Cooperation and Defense Agreement - United States and Portugal"
Published: March 23, 2009
Posted: April 03, 2009

On March 27, a ceremony will be held to re-enact the signing of an agreement between the U.S. Consulate and the President of the Azores for the deployment of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility on the island of Graciosa in the Azores, Portugal. Dr. Michael Kuperberg (BER) will represent the United States Department of Energy (DOE). On May 1, the site in Graciosa will become one of only five sites in the world where the DOE ARM Mobile Facility has been deployed.  The twenty-month field campaign also provides opportunities for research for the University of the Azores and the Meteorological Institute of Portugal.  The scientific objective of the experiment is to contribute to the overall understanding of the role of low stratiform clouds on climate change. This long-term campaign will make a significant contribution to the international community and climate change research and also mark the Azores as an important location for future international research. The data from the Graciosa experiment will be made available to scientists and academics around the world via the internet in near real time.

Contact: Wanda Ferrell, SC-23.1, (301) 903- 3281
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Atmospheric System Research
  • Facility: DOE ARM User Facility

Division: SC-33.1 Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, BER


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