DOE announces $7 million for Earth System Model development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced $7 million in funding for nine studies aimed at improving DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). 

E3SM is the first comprehensive model of the Earth system to take full advantage of the supercomputing capabilities at DOE's national laboratories.

‘As our computational capabilities at the national laboratories have grown, it has become possible to model environmental systems with greater precision and predictive power,’ said Dr Chris Fall, director of the DOE’s Office of Science.  ‘These studies will help provide more accurate representation of several particularly complex Earth system processes and thereby improve the E3SM’s overall predictive abilities.’

Studies are intended to benefit the public through increased understanding of the Earth system and will focus on a range of different topics, from an improved representation of ecological systems and cloud-aerosol interactions in predictive models to quantifying uncertainties across a range of processes, scales, time horizons, and regional impacts.

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement, under the Earth and Environmental Systems Modeling Program, sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), within the Department’s Office of Science.