CLIMATE AND EARTH SYSTEM MODELING is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD). 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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Naresh Devineni, civil engineer at The City College of New York, plans to use his recently-awarded 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study extreme events across the United States. The DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research will support Devineni’s work as part of the Regional and Global Climate...
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research is seeking pre-applications for proposals to enhance the understanding of the Earth system by promoting a process- and system-level understanding of the modes of variability and change within the Earth system. This opportunity is sponsored by the Earth System Modeling (ESM) and Regional...
Congratulations to Dr. Jiwen Fan, an atmospheric scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is the lead author of the most-read paper from the past 12 months on the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences website. Her paper, “Review of Aerosol-Cloud Interactions: Mechanisms, Significance, and Challenges,” funded by the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program,...
Dr. L. Ruby Leung, a distinguished atmospheric scientist specializing in climate modeling and the water cycle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was recently invited to serve on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). The board works to advance understanding of atmospheric and climate science...
Six projects beginning in 2017 have been awarded under the U.S. Department of Energy's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, which is jointly supported by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR). Each of these SciDAC projects involve teams of earth system, computational, and...

Program Information

Earth System Modeling

Earth System Modeling (ESM) concentrates on developing Earth system models for high-resolution simulation of the coupled climate system, that effectively utilize DOE's High Performance Computers, in support of DOE mission and science needs.

Regional & Global Climate Modeling

Regional & Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) advances the predictive understanding of Earth’s climate by focusing on scientific analysis of the dominant sets of governing processes that describe climate change on regional scales.

Integrated Assessment Research

Integrated Assessment Models guide understanding of global climate change by addressing its drivers, pace, consequences, and implications. They inform some of the most significant energy, economic, and infrastructure decisions affecting the world today.