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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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A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) has just been released to the broader scientific...
You might say that ice runs in Elizabeth Hunke’s blood. The U.S. Department of Energy scientist who created the nation’s premier model used by NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and many scientists to predict sea ice got a taste for ice as a child. The daughter of a Coast Guard officer, Hunke grew up around sea ice in Cordova, Alaska, where her father tended buoys in the chilly waters...
Charlie Koven, earth system staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been awarded the 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study weather events in the western United States. The DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research will support Koven’s work as part of the Regional and Global...
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...
Projects 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 involves teams of earth system, computational, and mathematical scientists...
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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.