Better infrastructure for continued development of climate models

More complex climate models make great demands on a well-functioning computer environment. In a newly established EU project, SMHI is developing and simplifying collaboration between researchers by building up the infrastructure and support services for climate research.

The climate models used to make calculations of the future climate are becoming increasingly advanced. They have higher resolution and contain more and more details and processes. This means that they require access to ever-larger supercomputers and better infrastructure to work.

"Advanced models make it difficult for researchers to process all the data unless there is an infrastructure to facilitate this. In this project we deal with many daily problems for climate researchers," says Uwe Fladrich, scientific coordinator for SMHI participation in the project.

Better possibilities of using data

Climate projections by CMIP5 have been used as a basis for the next evaluation by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to be presented in September of this year. SMHI has contributed with data from the global earth system model, EC Earth.

"Among other things, we are improving the possibilities of using this data in a better way by making documentation available and introducing quality control. We are also creating web services to support other teams using the models," says Uwe Fladrich.

The Project IS-ENES2, Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System Modelling, started in spring 2013 and will carry on for four years. The commitment by SMHI comprises three parts: improvements for cooperation, for research data and models, and supporting web services.

The project is financed by the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development, FP7.

CMIP5 stands for Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, established by the World Climate Research Programme.