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Title: The Earth System Prediction Suite: Toward a Coordinated U.S. Modeling Capability

The Earth System Prediction Suite (ESPS) is a collection of flagship U.S. weather and climate models and model components that are being instrumented to conform to interoperability conventions, documented to follow metadata standards, and made available either under open-source terms or to credentialed users. Furthermore, the ESPS represents a culmination of efforts to create a common Earth system model architecture, and the advent of increasingly coordinated model development activities in the United States. ESPS component interfaces are based on the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), community-developed software for building and coupling models, and the National Unified Operational Prediction Capability (NUOPC) Layer, a set of ESMF-based component templates and interoperability conventions. Our shared infrastructure simplifies the process of model coupling by guaranteeing that components conform to a set of technical and semantic behaviors. The ESPS encourages distributed, multiagency development of coupled modeling systems; controlled experimentation and testing; and exploration of novel model configurations, such as those motivated by research involving managed and interactive ensembles. ESPS codes include the Navy Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM), the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM), and the Coupled Ocean–Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS); the NOAA Environmental Modeling System (NEMS) and the Modular Ocean Model (MOM); the Communitymore » Earth System Model (CESM); and the NASA ModelE climate model and the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, version 5 (GEOS-5), atmospheric general circulation model.« less
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  1. Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, VA (United States)
  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ESRL and CIRES, Boulder, CO (United States)
  3. Naval Research Lab. (NRL), Stennis Space Center, MS (United States)
  4. Cherokee Services Group, Fort Collins, CO (United States)
  5. National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (United States)
  6. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ESRL and CIRES, Boulder, CO (United States)
  7. Naval Research Lab., Monterey, CA (United States)
  8. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/NWS/NCEP and Modeling Center, College Park, MD (United States)
  9. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NWS, NCEP and Modeling Center, College Park, MD (United States)
  10. NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies (GISS), New York, NY (United States)
  11. NASA Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA (United States)
  12. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab.
  13. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Lemont, IL (United States)
  14. Univ. of Miami, FL (United States)
  15. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (United States)
  16. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Silver Spring, MD (United States)
  17. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States). Applied Physics Lab.
  18. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-0007
American Meteorological Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
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