Biological and Environmental Research - Earth and Environmental System Sciences
Earth and Environmental System Modeling

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 new report details the results of the November 2020 multi-agency Coastal Integrated Hydro-Terrestrial Modeling (C-IHTM) workshop series. Organized around five sessions held over five days, the workshop focused on the challenges of modeling and evaluating coastal landscapes of co-evolving human and natural systems subject to influences and stressors. Areas of focus...
The CICE Consortium earned a spot in the R&D World’s top 100 innovation awards for 2021 and won the Gold Medal for Corporate Social Responsibility. Notably, this award was not just for the CICE sea ice code but for the Consortium as an organization. The Consortium was set up as an experiment in multi-agency and international cooperation to enhance our software and...
Complex earth systems prompt complex models, which in turn require complex evaluations This diagram sums up the interactive earth systems that underlie the research efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy science focus area known as Reducing Uncertainties in Biogeochemical Interactions through Synthesis and Computation (RUBISCO). Earth systems―atmosphere, hydrosphere,...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced plans to provide $70 million for research in Earth system model development which will contribute to further development of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) through collaborations that will use DOE high performance computers to enable advanced modeling via mathematical and computational solutions. The...
Coastal regions today are facing a wide array of challenges, ranging from extreme weather events, ecosystem transitions, shoreline change, and other stressors with implications for people, infrastructure, and economies, including energy and water supplies, transportation, land and resource development, and community health.  A new research program, sponsored by DOE’s...
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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.