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FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1998
ARM Tropical Western Pacific Station Dedicated
The dedication of the Nauru Tropical Western Pacific Station of the
Department of Energys Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM)
Program was reported by ENN on November 24 (Internet:
The dedication of the station in Nauru, Papua New Guinea, was presided
over by Wanda Ferrell, ARM Program director, and Derog Gioura, Acting
President of Nauru. The station is the second of three being developed in
the region by ARM Program. The first station has been operating on Manus
Island in Papua New Guinea since October 1996. The ARM Program operates
two other sites, one on the North Slope of Alaska and one in the Southern
Great Plains in Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Tropical Western Pacific stations collect climate information,
focusing on how the suns energy is transmitted, absorbed, and
reflected and on how clouds aid in heating and cooling the atmosphere.
Some data are transmitted directly to the United States by satellite, and
some are stored on magnetic tapes and shipped stateside for processing.
Nauru was chosen for the site because of its proximity to the eastern edge
of the Pacific warm pool, which has the warmest sea-surface temperatures
in the world and produces many clouds. Data gathered in the ARM Program
will help explain the relationships between clouds and the suns
incident and reflected energy. These data are used to improve computerized
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