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Name of Collaboratory :


Community Earth System Model (CESM)


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Collaboratory Status :

In Development   Start Date : 2009 End Date : 2015 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 12:00pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Open Community Contribution System  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Distributed Research Center  

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Atmospheric Sciences >Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, General  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a fully-coupled, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states.

The CESM Advisory Board (CAB) will serve as an advisory committee reporting to the CESM Scientific Steering Committee, NSF Program Director, NCAR Director, and UCAR President. Membership in the CAB will come from university faculty and staff, staff members of national laboratories, and scientists from foreign universities, laboratories, and centers.

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) will provide scientific leadership for the CESM project, including oversight of activities of working groups, coordination of model experiments, decision making on model definition and development.

The detailed work on various aspects of CESM will be done in working groups. These working groups will consist of scientists who come together to work on topics on which they share common interest.


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Access to Information Resources :

  In accordance with the National Science Foundation (NSF) data policy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) mission and the NCAR imperatives, the CESM project is committed to the timely submission of results from CESM model runs for publication and sharing of the scientific data generated in CESM research activities. Open access to CESM data products is essential to the project. Analysis and interpretation by the broader community promotes scientific discovery, and it leads to new insights into model behavior that feedback into model development efforts. At the same time, however, the efforts of CESM developers and the architects of the scientific simulations performed with the model under the auspices of the CESM Working Groups need to be recognized by providing them a reasonable amount of time for first access to the simulations. They have a data management and distribution plan document available on their Website that provides all the details.  

Access to People as Resources :

  They have a yearly workshop, steering committee meeting, and advisory board meeting.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Department of Energy (DOE)

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Description of organization's role(s):
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
   Climate and Global Dynamics Division (NCAR)
Maintains administration for the project.

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
It appears there are other organizations that are members of the working groups, but that information is not available.


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