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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Mark Zelinka, recipient of the 2022 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award. The Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has voted to award Mark Zelinka of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) the Henry G. Houghton Award. An atmospheric scientist at LLNL, Zelinka was cited by AMS for “innovative advances in understanding the critical involvement of clouds to...
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 areas. Please see the Federal Register Notice for more information on this...
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 (PNNL). A Battelle Fellow at PNNL, Leung was cited by AMS “for ingenious,...
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 climate model. The E3SM model is the first comprehensive model of the Earth...
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 Livestream Roundtable Discussion on Climate on July 22, 2021. The...
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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.