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Efforts Aim to Improve DOE's Energy Exascale Earth System Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $7 million in funding for nine studies aimed at improving DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), the first comprehensive model of the Earth system to take full advantage of the world-leading supercomputing capabilities at DOE's national laboratories.

“As our computational capabilities at the national laboratories have grown, it has become possible to model environmental systems with greater precision and predictive power,” said Dr. Chris Fall, Director of the DOE’s Office of Science.  “These studies will help provide more accurate representation of several particularly complex Earth system processes and thereby improve the E3SM’s overall predictive abilities.”

Studies are intended to benefit the public through increased understanding of the Earth system, and will focus on a range of different topics, from improved representation of ecological systems and cloud-aerosol interactions in predictive models to quantifying uncertainties across a range of processes, scales, time horizons, and regional impacts.

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement, under the Earth and Environmental Systems Modeling Program, sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), within the Department’s Office of Science.

Funding totals $7 million in Fiscal Year 2020 dollars for projects lasting three years in duration.  A list of projects can be found at the BER website under “What's New”.