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Projects

The following projects are using ESMF as an integral part of their development:

NASA Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (MAP) program

NASA's Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (MAP) program funds research efforts focused on the study of the Earth's climate and weather, with particular emphasis on global change. To understand fully how and why the Earth climate is changing and the potential long-term implications requires research efforts to be focused upon end-to-end Earth system science. Exploration of interactions between the oceans, the atmosphere, the cryosphere, and the biosphere is accomplished through space-based and in situ observations and through the application of numerical models.

The development of consistent, coupled Earth system models is a major goal of the MAP program. In order to assist investigators with the challenging task of developing, integrating, and maintaining complex numerical modeling software, the MAP program is requiring compliance with ESMF.

Battlespace Environments Institute (BEI)

The DoD sponsored Battlespace Environments Institute (Limited Access), is a multi-agency effort to achieve full coupling of environmental models to best analyze and predict the total battlespace environment. The goals are to:

To achieve these goals, BEI is using ESMF as an enabling technology to develop a whole-earth system. DoD is now a partner in the ESMF development effort focusing on the transition of non-DoD ESMF applications to DoD, and DoD ESMF applications to the civilian sector.

Integrated Dynamics through Earth's Atmosphere and Space Weather Initiatives

ESMF developers are working with the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) at the University of Michigan and others to implement the capability to integrate geophysical and space weather model components. The space weather portion is called the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF). It is predictive, physics-based and designed to simulate space weather events and hazards. In its fully developed form, SWMF will be driven by real-time observations that are incorporated into the tightly-coupled models. Data-assimilation technology will be used to improve specification and forecast accuracy. The SWMF team and ESMF team have undertaken a pilot project , funded by NSF, in which the SWMF will be wrapped as an ESMF component in order to serve as a boundary condition for ESMF applications. SWMF is a NASA ESTO project.

The Earth System Curator: Spanning the Gap between Models and Datasets

The Earth System Curator is a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create a software environment for assembling, running, and archiving information about climate models. The goal is to make it easier for scientists to perform modeling experiments, and to coordinate with each other on efforts such as Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments.