IS-ENES3 Phase 1: Project

InfraStructure for the European Network for the Earth System Modelling (IS-ENES) is an FP7-Project, funded by the European Commission under the Capacities Programme, Integrating Activities. IS-ENES has started on March 2009 and will finish on February 2013.

IS-ENES is the infrastructure project of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES). IS-ENES combines expertise in Earth system modelling, in computational science, and in studies of climate change impacts. IS-ENES will provide a service on models and model results both to modelling groups and to the users of model results, especially the impact community. Joint research activities will improve the efficient use of high-performance computers, model evaluation tool sets, access to model results, and prototype climate services for the impact community. Networking activities will increase the cohesion of the European ESM community and advance a coherent European Network for Earth System modelling.


IS-ENES will:

Foster the integration of the European climate and Earth system modelling community

  • Further integrate the European ESM community, through networking activities (=NA) focusing on the development of the future ENES strategy, the exchange of expertise and the development of training activities (NA1 and NA3)
  • Develop a virtual Earth System Modelling Resource Centre (v.E.R.C.), using ICT technologies to integrate the different distributed facilities currently existing or developed during this project (NA2)

Foster the development of Earth System Models for the understanding of climate change

  • Increase the services around ESMs, by enhancing model documentation and developing a service on common tools and model components (NA3 and service activity SA1)
  • Foster the joint development and common evaluation of the European ESMs through networking activities and joint research activities on ESM software environment (i.e. the tools to prepare, run, store, evaluate and exploit model simulations) and ESM components (NA2, JRA1 and JRA3)

Foster high-end simulations enabling to better understand and predict future climate change

  • Ensure an efficient access and execution of ESMs on high-performance computing facilities, by developing a common strategy, by enhancing the interface with and access to the EU large infrastructures DEISA2 and PRACE, by improving model performance on different computer architectures (NA1 and JRA2)

Foster the application of Earth system model simulations to better predict and understand future climate change impacts

  • Enhance the dissemination of model results, by enhancing the service around model results following the INSPIRE EU directive and developing more efficient tools to access data (SA2 and JRA4)
  • Enhance the interaction with decision makers and user communities, mainly concerned by climate change impact studies, through service activity and joint research development on data access as well as more adapted indicators. This will help Europe prepare for adaptation as recommended by the 2007 EU Green paper “Adapting to climate change in Europe” (NA1 and JRA5)


Organisation name (Acronyms)Country
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-IPSL)France
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V (MPG/MPI-Met)Germany
Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS)France
Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ)Germany
Finnish Meteorological Institute - Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI)Finland
University of Manchester (UNIMAN)United Kingdom
Academy of Athens (AA)Greece
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)United Kingdom
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)Italy
The Met Office (METOFFICE)United Kingdom
Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI)The Netherlands
Météo France - Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (MF-CNRM)France
Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut (SMHI)Sweden
Linköpings Universitet (LIU)Sweden
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC)Spain
Wageningen Universiteit (WU)The Netherlands
Institutul National de Hidroligie si Gospodarire a Apelor (INHGA)Romania
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft (DLR)Germany

Description of Work

Management ActivityCOORD (WP1) Project Scientific & Technical Coordination
Networking Activities
Objectives: To increase the cohesion of the European ESM community and advance a coherent European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES) | NA1 (WP2) will define the future ENES strategy
NA2 (WP3) will develop and deploy a virtual Earth System Modelling Resource Centre (v.E.R.C)
NA3 (WP4) will strengthen the network of expertise around existing European ESMs.
Service Activities
Objectives: To provide services on models and model results both to modelling groups and to the users of model results, including the impact community |
SA1 (WP5) will provide a unified access to European ESM information and software
SA2 (WP6) will provide a unified access to the ENES distributed data network
Joint Research Activities
Objectives: To improve the efficient use of the ESMs, high-performance computers, model evaluation tools sets, access to model results and will develop prototype climate services for the impact community
JRA1 (WP7) will focus on the optimization of the coupler and the input-output systems which are crucial elements of ESMs
JRA2 (WP8) will focus on the performance and development of ESMs
JRA3 (WP9) will create, as part of the v.E.R.C, an infrastructure for model evaluation against observations
JRA4 (WP10) will develop protocols and software to provide efficient access to data services
JRA5 (WP11) will prototype services to the climate impact community