Portuguese American Journal

Climate: Eastern North Atlantic ARM Facility operates on Graciosa island – Azores

The Regional Secretary for Culture, Science and Digital Transition, Susete Amaro, visited today the Eastern North Atlantic, Graciosa Island ARM Facility, on Graciosa Island, Azores.

The facility is one of the three fixed structures, with permanent character, part of the international project of the Science Office of the Department of Energy of the United States of America, aiming at the study of relevant parameters for the improvement of climate modeling in different geographic frameworks.

Susete Amaro, took the opportunity to learn about the benefits for the island, namely, through the creation and employment.

The Government of the Azores representative became aware of the enormous potential that the data collected at this station has in the most diverse domains of the Region, such as agriculture, among others.

The Graciosa ARM facility located on Graciosa Island began operations in September 2013. ARM facilities currently operate in Lamont, (Oklahoma) and Barrow, (Alaska) in the United States.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Program from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE ), with 20 years of operations, has been providing data to advance research from atmospheric observations at diverse climatic regimes around the world.

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PAJ/Staff

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The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.