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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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Jiwen Fan will use her 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study severe thunderstorms in the central United States. The DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research will support Fan’s work as part of the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM)...
James Randerson, earth system scientist at University of California, Irvine, has been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Randerson is among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected worldwide to the 2017 class. The NAS is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by...
Jon Wolfe and Azamat Mametjanov were honored with a commendation from the ACME Executive Committee presented by Sharlene Weatherwax, Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), at the June 2017 ACME meeting. The awards are given at each science team meeting (twice per year) to two Accelerated Climate...
Dr. L. Ruby Leung, a globally renowned atmospheric scientist specializing in climate modeling and the water cycle at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, recently was named a Battelle Fellow. It is Battelle’s most distinguished research scientist position. Leung joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff in 1991. She has played a foundational role in the...
It might seem surprising to know that dust actually helps clear the air. That’s what scientists found in a recent study published in Nature Communications. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers, working with scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, and Chinese Academy of Meteorological...
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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.