Management Structure

ARM manages atmospheric observatories and the infrastructure that provide processed data to the climate science community.

The ARM Climate Research Facility is managed to ensure it fulfills its mission to provide observation data to improve the understanding of climate processes and the representation of those processes in climate models.

This mission is fulfilled by operating atmospheric observatories around the world that collect massive amounts of atmospheric measurements to provide data products  that help scientists study the effects and interactions of clouds and aerosols and their impact on the earth’s energy balance. In addition, computing resources and analytical tools are provided to facilitate the application of ARM measurements to pressing science issues.

Management of ARM’s complex operations is overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy and nine national laboratories, with significant input from the science user community. Below is a description of the management structure of the facility.


U.S. Department of Energy

The ARM Climate Research Facility is managed by and accountable to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

Program Manager: Sally McFarlane, ARM Climate Research Facility Infrastructure and Science, in the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Climate and Environmental Sciences Division

Program Manager: Rick Petty, ARM Aerial Facility, in the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Climate and Environmental Sciences Division

Infrastructure Management Board

The DOE works with the ARM Infrastructure Management Board (IMB) to manage the ARM Facility, with input from the research community and facility staff.

Members of the IMB represent:

  • Technical Director’s Office
  • Associate Director of Operations
  • Atmospheric observatory operations
  • Data services
  • Instrument operations

The IMB is responsible for:

  • strategic planning
  • managing components of the facility and communicating the status of those facility elements to DOE
  • maintaining the overall ARM budget
  • reviewing use requests for the ARM Facility.

Infrastructure Management Board Chart

Technical Director’s Office

The day-to-day technical activities of the ARM Facility—planning, budgeting, contracting, and interactions with the science community—are led by the ARM Technical Director Jim Mather.

The Technical Director’s Office

  • coordinates field research campaign proposals
  • helps coordinate implementation of approved campaigns
  • oversees the operation and enhancement of the Facility
  • responds to review committees
  • coordinates, plans, and implements communications with the science community
  • ensures DOE User Facility policies and reporting requirements are followed
  • manages the ARM inter-laboratory integrated budget
  • procures instruments and equipment
  • manages change to the Facility 

The ARM Technical Administrator Deborah Alexander is often the first contact for people encountering ARM.

Technical Director’s Office Organization Chart

Associate Director of Operations

The Associate Director of Operations Nicki Hickmon is responsible for ensuring efficient, effective, and continuous operation of instruments and data systems and helps coordinate the review of field campaigns.

The Associate Director of Operations also serves as the communication link between the:

Operations Organization Chart