The Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) Software Developer's Guide,
or simply the Guide, is the reference handbook that describes
the practices, standards, and conventions recommended for ESMF core software
development. It is updated as needed.
Suggestions on how to improve the Guide should be sent to
An important source of supplementary information is the ESMF website:
This website is referred to throughout the Guide.
It includes a link to the ESMF CVS repository, the current release
schedule, task lists, and many other types of project information.
The Guide doesn't contain instructions on how to build
ESMF, adapt user codes for ESMF, or use the ESMF interfaces.
For documentation corresponding to the last public release, see
the Users tab on the ESMF website. For documentation of
all releases, including internal releases and previous public releases,
click the Download tab on the website and then View All
Sections of this document were derived from the GFDL
Flexible Modeling System Developers' Manual
 and the now-defunct Community Climate System Model Software
. These have been adapted with the permission of the respective authors.