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Posted: October 20, 2021
L. Ruby Leung is one of the three DOE National Laboratory scientists named as DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows. Photo is by Andrea Starr, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named atmospheric scientist L. Ruby Leung of Pacific...
Posted: October 20, 2021
Olga Tweedy. Olga Tweedy recently joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Earth and Environmental Systems Modeling (EESM) program through an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. In her new EESM role, Tweedy will work across the...
Posted: August 25, 2021
The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Advisory Committee (BERAC) seeks input to assess BER’s standing in relation to related research efforts nationally and internationally, and to consider strategies that would increase BER’s ability to conduct world-class science in core BER research...
Posted: August 18, 2021
L. Ruby Leung, recipient of the 2022 AMS Hydrologic Sciences Medal. Photo by Andrea Starr | PNNL.  The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has announced winners of its 2022 awards and honors, including the Hydrologic Sciences Medal recipient, L. Ruby Leung of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...
Posted: August 02, 2021
Efforts Aim to Enhance Understanding of Earth System Predictability The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $7.7 million in funding for 11 studies (projects) to improve understanding of Earth system predictability and DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), a state-of-the-science...
Posted: July 30, 2021
Kate Calvin of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and lead PI for EESM’s Global Change Intersectoral Modeling System (GCIMS) Scientific Focus Area, discusses climate science with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. In case you missed it, Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm hosted a...
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist Ian Kraucunas on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon, during an extreme low tide on a rare sunny winter day in early 2021. Photo is courtesy of Ian Kraucunas.
Posted: June 29, 2021
From atmospheric science to multisector dynamics to coastal systems, one scientist likes taking on new challenges Ian Kraucunas, a scientist and manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has led a series of projects focused on the complex interactions among human and natural systems...
Posted: June 09, 2021
An interdisciplinary collaboration identifies previously overlooked errors in atmospheric models This story was originally published on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) website. By Beth Mundy, PNNL Hui Wan wants to help create more accurate computer-based models of the Earth’s...
ESMD-E3SM 2020 PI Meeting Report
Posted: May 17, 2021
The Earth System Model Development (ESMD) - Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) Principal Investigator (PI) meeting convened virtually October 26–29, 2020. The meeting facilitated interactions between E3SM and its closely related projects, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (...
Posted: May 06, 2021
Papers will inform the design of workshops for new Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Predictability (AI4ESP) This schematic details the model-experiment (MODEX) approach to scientific discovery (outer ring) and various DOE data, models, and analysis capabilities that should be linked as...
Posted: April 14, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) INCITE program is now seeking proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns across a broad array of science, engineering, and computer science domains. Open to researchers from academia, government labs, and industry, the Innovative...
Posted: March 24, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (DOE ASCR) announced a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of $13.5 million over three years to support research using data science and computation-based methods, including artificial intelligence and machine...
Posted: March 18, 2021
The American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society have recently announced submission deadlines for the 2021 AGU Fall Meeting and the 2022 AMS Annual Meeting. AGU deadline for proposals: The deadline is April 14 to submit proposals for general scientific sessions, town halls,...
Comparison of precipitation bias relative to GPCPv2.3 between E3SMv2 and v1 for the piControl simulations. Green shading indicates areas with excessive precipitation, brown shading regions with dry biases.
Posted: March 16, 2021
In March 2021, the E3SM project will tag the code base for the E3SMv2 Water Cycle low-resolution configuration (~100 km horizontal resolution in the atmosphere), less than three years after tagging the previous E3SMv1 version. Despite the short development cycle compared to typical Earth System...
Porting COSMO (Consortium for Small-Scale Modeling) to acceleration based higher architecture by replacing physical parametrization and data assimilation with code using Fortran and directives, and dynamical core with C++ and a domain-specific language (DSL) that abstracts the hardware architecture. (https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-1665-2018).
Posted: March 09, 2021
Keynote speaker Oliver Fuhrer from the Federal Institute of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss and Vulcan Inc. presented a captivating talk on “Learning how to forget – how high-level abstractions can help bridge the gap between productivity and performance” at the virtual Earth System Model...
Diurnal cycle of March-April-May mean at the South Great Plains Site, comparing a one year experimental run with 3-hourly output (Black) and hourly ARM data (red). Solid lines are first harmonics of the composite diurnal cycle.
Posted: March 02, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility provides high-frequency, long-term in-situ measurements that are invaluable in developing and improving climate models. A metrics and diagnostics package called ARM-Diags was developed to further facilitate the...
Chrysalis was installed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in December 2020 for early users.
Posted: March 02, 2021
A brand new machine, Chrysalis, was purchased by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) at the end of 2020, and was installed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in December for early users. After extensive optimization and finding good configurations...
Simulated visible satellite images of the 9 km simulation with (top left) parametrized deep convection and (top right) without parameterized deep convection (meaning the deep convection was explicitly simulated) and (bottom left) of the 1.4 km simulation with explicitly simulated deep convection. The verifying visible Meteosat Second Generation satellite image is also shown (bottom right), at the same verifying time. Reference: http://doi.org//10.1029/2020MS002192.
Posted: February 23, 2021
Nils Wedi, Head of the Earth System Modelling (ESM) Section at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) gave an inspiring keynote talk at the Earth System Model Development (ESMD) program area Principal Investigator (PI) and Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) Annual All...
The simulations with COVID-related emissions reductions belong to the CMIP6 DAMIP activity (experiment: ssp245-covid) and the associated simulation without those emissions reductions belong to the ScenarioMIP activity (experiment: ssp245).
Posted: February 23, 2021
The E3SM project contributed to a study of the effects of COVID-19-related reductions in energy consumption and associated emissions on climate by contributing simulations to an international model intercomparison effort. E3SM, along with eight other international Earth System Models (ACCESS-ESM1-5...
Posted: December 29, 2020
ESMD, RGMA, and MSD scientists are at the virtual American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting. See the EESM presentations to plan your AMS schedule.
Posted: December 09, 2020
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...
Posted: December 09, 2020
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...
Posted: December 09, 2020
Undergraduate students and recent college graduates can now apply for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program. This program encourages the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research...
Posted: December 09, 2020
The US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Committee seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary panels: Phenomena, Observations, and Synthesis Panel Process Study and Model Improvement Panel Predictability, Prediction, and Applications Interface...
Posted: December 03, 2020
New leadership has arrived at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI). JGCRI Director Brian O’Neill, an earth systems scientist, is working with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Earth and Environmental System Modeling (EESM) program-funded scientists across projects within the...
Posted: November 23, 2020
Researchers from the Earth System Model Development (ESMD), Regional & Global Model Analysis (RGMA), and MultiSector Dynamics (MSD) program areas are giving more than 130 presentations at the virtual 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, From December 1 to 17. See the full...
Illustration by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash.
Posted: October 07, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently strengthened its support of earth system model development and analysis with $7 million in funding for nine studies through the Regional & Global Model Analysis (RGMA) and Earth System Model Development (ESMD) program areas. “As our computational...
Posted: August 21, 2020
Two virtual meetings will be held in October 2020. The Regional and Global Model Analysis (RGMA) program area Principle Investigator (PI) Meeting will be held October 13 to 16, 2020, and the Earth System Model Development (ESMD)/Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) PI meeting will be held the...
Cristiana Stan recently joined EESM under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment from George Mason University.
Posted: July 15, 2020
Cristiana Stan recently joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Earth and Environmental System Modeling (EESM) program under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment. In her new EESM role, Stan—an associate professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia—will work across...
Clockwise from upper left: DOE Early Career Program recipients Matthew Hoffman, Trevor Keenan, Benjamin Sulman, and Christina Patricola.
Posted: July 07, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of 76 scientists from across the nation to receive funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. Four awardees plan research projects connected to Earth and Environmental Systems...

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