The Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project is a newly launched project sponsored by the Earth System Modeling (ESM) program within U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Office of Biological and Environmental Research. ACME is an unprecedented collaboration among eight national laboratories and six partner institutions to develop and apply the most complete, leading-edge climate and Earth system models to challenging and demanding climate-change research imperatives. It is the only major national modeling project designed to address DOE mission needs to efficiently utilize DOE leadership computing resources now and in the future.
While the project capabilities will address the critical science questions, its modeling system and related capabilities also can be flexibly applied by the DOE research community to address mission-specific climate change applications from U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather.
INITIAL CLIMATE FOCUS
The initial focus will be on three climate change science drivers and corresponding questions to be answered during the project’s initial phase:
- Water Cycle: How do the hydrological cycle and water resources interact with the climate on local to global scales?
- Biogeochemistry: How do biogeochemical cycles interact with global climate change?
- Cryosphere-Ocean System: How do rapid changes in areas of the Earth where water exists as ice or snow interact with the climate system?
ACME will advance climate codes in four areas:
Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy