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NA1 (WP2): ENES strategy




This work package aims at strengthening the integration of the ENES community. To achieve this goal, we propose several levels of action: strengthen the governance of ENES, further develop the ENES strategy and support community building. These tasks will also contribute to the development of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Climate (JPI Climate).



ENES governance

Facing the impeding challenges for the modelling community, we see an increased need to strengthen the organisation of ENES model development, access to European high-performance computers (HPC), and international development of climate model data provision.

In terms of model development, collaboration between modelling groups is mainly achieved through EU projects. However, more formal links to national institutions should foster more synergies in future model development.

With regards to HPC, ENES represents the climate modelling community. Projects have been developed within IS-ENES with PRACE. The ENES community is interested to further develop relations with PRACE, to coordinate multi-year access projects and benchmarks, to apply for “program access” when put in place by PRACE. These issues will require a very good organisation on ENES’ side with help of its task force already put in place, the “ENES HPC Task Force”.

Concerning data provisioning, the ENES community is playing a role of quickly growing importance in the international GO-ESSP/ESGF. However, the international visibility of this activity remains relatively limited. To strengthen ENES’ organisation and improve its visibility a Data Task Force needs to be established.


ENES strategy

The ENES foresight, conducted in IS-ENES1, addresses the main challenges for the community in terms of model development, needs for high-performance computers, data infrastructure and human resources. Many issues of this foresight are implemented in IS-ENES2. At mid-term of IS-ENES2, it will be crucial to revisit the foresight document and adapt it to the evolution of climate research, software and hardware in the international context.

We also propose to complement this foresight with a special focus on model evaluation. Model evaluation is recognised to be a crucial issue – nonetheless it is still largely unclear how to best organise the community or which kind of infrastructure is needed. With a revised foresight document, ENES aims at a better coordination of evaluation approaches and automation techniques across groups. This allows more rapid and consistent model validation exercises, resulting in a better co-ordination of climate science activities in Europe, and more rapid and robust development of climate science. There are a number of projects with strong parts on model evaluation. But these are mostly within specific scientific communities. The proposed networking activity on model evaluation will provide an opportunity to share those experiences from specific communities and identify the most suitable and promising approaches.


ENES community building

The governance and the strategy activities should bring an important contribution to the building of the ENES activity. However, they do not fulfil all needs to successfully build a community. We propose to complement them by:

- 1) Increasing the Earth system modelling knowledge of the young generation as well as their professional networking by executing training schools on climate modelling at the European level. A first prototype school has been developed in IS-ENES1, benefitting from the experience of the MPG and UREAD-NCAS groups. This will be extended and stabilised in IS-ENES2, holding schools every 2 years.

- 2) Using the ENES portal, developed within IS-ENES1, as a vehicle of information within the community, in particular increase its use to inform on the European landscape of climate modelling as well as a collaboration platform for ENES.



D2.1 : Update of ENES governance rules

D2.2 : 2nd European school on Earth system and climate modelling:

2nd European school on Earth system and climate modelling continued the series of training schools for young researchers in Europe launched in IS-ENES1. These schools integrate together the schools organized separately by UREAD-NCAS and MPG. It includes lectures on the different components of climate models as well as practical exercises using models and data analyses. The 2nd school will be based in UK and will include lecturers and students from Europe.

D2.3 : White paper on ESM evaluation needs and infrastructure
D2.4 : 3rd European school on Earth system and climate modelling
D2.5 : ENES governance report on software sharing
D2.6 : Update of the ENES infrastructure strategy
D2.7 : Final version of ENES portal
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IS-ENES3 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824084