How Change Happens


What has kept the ARM Climate Research Facility successfully operating over its long history is continually changing in response to evolving science, user needs, and available technology.

Change Starts with Users

Users who have identified a need that they would like to see the ARM Facility implement can effect change within the Facility, particularly around:

Because ARM strives to serve the largest number of people, user requests for change are most effective if the buy-in and support of a larger group of facility users is obtained.

Constituent Groups

ARM prioritizes new needs identified by the Facility’s user community.  Requests for change can happen in many ways. Start by communicating ideas to the most appropriate ARM advisory or support group and working with them to develop the idea to positively impact the largest number of users.

Science Groups

Recommendations for changes to the ARM Facility often come directly from external science meetings in the form of:


ARM consciously manages the change process. The coordination of new tasks within the ARM Facility is led by Engineering and Process Manager Jennifer Comstock. You can find ARM priorities here.

Instrument mentors often work on the implementation of new instruments. Mike Ritsche leads the process for bringing new instruments into the Facility.

Translators work with the scientific community to develop value-added products, or VAPs, from the direct output of ARM instruments. Laura Riihimaki is the lead translator.

Data services, ranging from computing resources to resources for reading, writing, displaying, and manipulating ARM data are available through the ARM Data Center, managed by ARM Data Services Manager Giri Prakash.

LASSO—the LES ARM Symbiotic Simulation and Observation workflow—is laying the groundwork to produce routine large-eddy simulation (LES) modeling at the ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) atmospheric observatory. Community input is being sought by LASSO Principal Investigator William Gustafson.