US invests $70m to improve supercomputer for better climate prediction

The model is constantly being improved to provide the best simulation and prediction possible to scientists, with the data helping boost their understanding of climate change

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Funding totalling $70 million (£60m) has been announced for seven projects that will improve climate prediction and support the fight against climate change.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting research to accelerate the development of its Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), enabling scientific discovery through collaborations between climate scientists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians.

E3SM is an ultra-high resolution model of the Earth that is run on exascale supercomputers, i.e. digital computers that are millions of times more powerful than modern personal computers.

The model is constantly being improved to provide the best simulation and prediction possible to researchers in Earth system science, with the data helping boost scientists’ understanding of climate change.

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Being able to understand and predict what is happening in a system as complex as planet Earth is crucial to finding solutions to climate change.

“The projects announced today will give university and National Lab researchers deep insight into our oceans, our air and our climate and into how emissions are impacting the world around us right now and in the future.”