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David Bader: LLNL Climate Modeling Project Aims to Answer ‘Grand Challenges’

David Bader
David Bader

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has partnered with academic and private-sector organizations and seven other U.S. national laboratories to create a comprehensive climate and Earth system model by using high-performance computing technologies.

Anne Stark, a senior public information officer at LLNL, writes Tuesday that the 10-year Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy project will facilitate the development of the Earth system models for energy-related and scientific applications.

“[We] developed a set of achievable experiments that make major advances toward answering the grand challenge questions using a modeling system, which we can construct to run on leading computing architectures over the next three years,” said David Bader, ACME council chair and an atmospheric scientist at LLNL.

By using HPC machines, the models will simulate climate change factors, beginning with the water cycle, biogeochemistry cycles and cryosphere systems, Stark writes.

The simulation and modeling experiments are designed to look into the ways in which these and other factors affect the climate.

LLNL’s Peter Caldwell, Dean Williams and Renata McCoy will join Bader in the team’s leadership group.

Other partners include the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories.

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