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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Dr. L. Ruby Leung, an internationally renowned atmospheric scientist specializing in climate modeling and the water cycle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Leung is among the 106 new members elected worldwide to the 2017 class. The NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit...
Distinguished Regional and Global Climate Modeling’s (RGCM) scientists Bill Gutowski, Iowa State University, has been elected as a 2017 Fellow for the American Meteorological Society (AMS). RGCM colleague Fei Fei Jin, University of Hawaii at Manoa, was also honored with a 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellowship. Gutowski, principal investigator of RGCM’s A...
Balwinder Singh, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Jinyun Tang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, were honored with an Outstanding Contribution Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project during the group’s bi-annual science team meeting. Singh was singled out by the software engineering/coupling co-...
Intense storms have become more frequent and longer-lasting in the Great Plains and Midwest in the last 35 years. What has fueled these storms? The temperature difference between the Southern Great Plains and the Atlantic Ocean produces winds that carry moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Plains, according to a recent study in Nature Communications....
The 2016 RGCM PI meeting is scheduled to start at 8am on November 29th and end at 4pm on December 1st at the Rockville Hilton, Rockville, MD. See the draft agenda and meeting website for more information. The objectives of this PI meeting are to: Increase interactions between RGCM funded PIs (universities, labs, and large projects) Develop whitepapers on topics relevant...
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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.