The Earth System Grid: Enabling Access to Multi-model Climate Simulation Data

TitleThe Earth System Grid: Enabling Access to Multi-model Climate Simulation Data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWilliams, DN, Ananthakrishnan, R, Bernholdt, DE, Bharathi, S, Brown, D, Chen, M, Chervenak, AL, Cinquini, L, Drach, R, Foster, IT, Fox, P, Fraser, D, Hankin, S, Jones, P, Kesselman, C, Middleton, DE, Schwidder, J, Schweitzer, R, Schuler, R, Shoshani, A, Siebenlist, F, Sim, A, Strand, WG, Wilhelmi, N
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1474-0108
AbstractThe Earth System Grid (ESG) project is creating a data sharing environment that links international climate research centers and provides a range of users with model-generated simulations. ESG leverages disparate technologies to manage data at distributed sites in a manner that creates a unified virtual environment. By transforming distributed climate simulation data into a collaborative community resource, ESG is changing the way global climate research is conducted. Since its production launch in 2004, ESG’s most notable accomplishment was to supply climate simulation data generated by a number of distinct models to scores of scientists who contributed to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (A4). Other national and international stakeholders such as the Community Climate System Model developers, the Climate Science Computational End Station, and the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program also have endorsed ESG technologies for disseminating climate data to their respective user communities. In coming years, the recently created Earth System Grid Center for Enabling Technology (ESG-CET), will lead the effort to extend existing ESG methods to assist international scientists in their endeavors to understand the climate system and to predict its potential future change.