Biological and Environmental Research - Earth and Environmental System Sciences
Earth and Environmental System Modeling
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EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM MODELING is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD). Our focus is on the development, evaluation, and use of regional and global integrated Earth system models, to understand the interactions between climate and energy-related activities, and to inform adaptation to shifts in climate and societal requirements.

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A scientific focus area in DOE’s Earth and Environmental System Modeling (EESM) Program studies the roles of large-scale circulation and convection in the water cycle and the implications for variability and multidecadal changes of extreme events Planet Earth harbors 1.5 trillion cubic kilometers of water, which is cycled continuously between ocean, atmosphere, and land....
Each year in the United States, extreme events associated with precipitation—flooding and droughts—impact the nation with billions of dollars in damage and devastating consequences for people and communities. A key to reducing these impacts is understanding the critical processes responsible for precipitation, the sources of predictability of precipitation, and the extent...
ESMD, RGMA, and MSD scientists are at the virtual American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting. See the EESM presentations to plan your AMS schedule.
This schematic details the MODEX approach to scientific discovery (outer ring) and various DOE data, models, and analysis capabilities that should be linked as community resources based on open-science principles (inner sphere). The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD), within the Office of Science’s Biological and...
The U.S. Department of Energy Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) encourages new and renewal applications for Implementation Grants. EPSCoR grants support early-stage research across a wide range of DOE science and technology program areas. Goals include improving sustainable and competitive energy-related research; establishing foundational...
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Program Information

Earth System Model Development

The Earth System Model Development (ESMD) program area supports innovative and computationally advanced earth system modeling capabilities, with the goal of providing accurate representations of the fully coupled and integrated Earth system, as needed for energy and related sectoral infrastructure planning.

Regional & Global Model Analysis

The Regional & Global Model Analysis (RGMA) program area advances the predictive understanding of Earth’s climate by focusing on a scientific analysis of the dominant sets of governing processes that describe climate change on regional scales.

MultiSector Dynamics

The MultiSector Dynamics program area seeks to advance scientific understanding of the complex interactions, interdependencies, and co-evolutionary pathways of human and natural systems, including interdependencies among sectors and infrastructures. These model efforts inform some of the most significant energy, economic, and infrastructure decisions affecting the world today.