From the User Executive Committee (UEC) Chair

Published: 21 October 2021

The UEC is eager to engage with you. This is a quarterly message from the UEC Chair.

Engaging With the ARM/ASR Community and Establishing Subgroups

Allison C. Aiken, ARM User Executive Committee chair from Los Alamos National Laboratory
Allison C. Aiken, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Hello again! To those of you who just completed the fiscal year-end whirlwind, congratulations! I hope everyone is feeling energized and ready for the last few months of 2021.

Since I last wrote in June, the UEC participated in the Joint ARM User Facility/Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Principal Investigators Meeting, which was virtual again. We presented a poster about our group, past UEC efforts, and our goals and objectives for the coming year. The poster also introduced the four subgroups we created earlier this year to address new and continuing UEC efforts. (See the poster here.)

During the joint meeting, we held a networking session for new ARM users. Thanks to all of you who attended; it was wonderful to meet some of the newer members of the ARM/ASR community! There seemed to be some confusion about who could participate in the networking session or where people could find our group in the virtual meeting space, so we will work to make that information clearer next year. Perhaps we will even be able to gather in person!

Subgroup Updates

Each subgroup has met at least once to set goals, identify metrics and indicators of success, note possible challenges, and/or brainstorm next steps that ARM could take in the following focus areas:

  • enhancing communication with the modeling and Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) communities (subgroup chair Susannah Burrows)
  • enhancing communication with the satellite community (Jennifer Delamere)
  • measurement uncertainty and communicating calibrations (Daniel Feldman)
  • undergraduate outreach and increasing diversity (Scott Collis).

In August, the subgroups reported back to the full UEC about what ideas came out of their individual meetings thus far. There was a lot of good conversation among the group, and now ARM Technical Director Jim Mather has tasked each subgroup with submitting written recommendations for ARM to address. I look forward to seeing which recommendations ARM might implement after reviewing the written requests.

I will start handing off this blog space to the subgroup chairs so they can share their ideas with you and get your feedback on how ARM can make progress in the four focus areas.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have an idea you want to discuss with the UEC, whether it is related to the subgroups or another ARM topic. We represent all ARM users, so we want to hear from you.

Take care, and I wish you and your families a wonderful rest of the year!

Allison Aiken