February 2019
News from DOE's state-of-the-science earth system model development project.

From the Program Manager

The E3SM project is settling into phase 2 of the project, while also expanding its deployment to a broader research community. The current newsletter issue provides updates on the project simulation campaigns. As these campaigns progress, the E3SM publications are also appearing, including those in the AGU E3SM special issue (see the story, “AGU – Special Collection for E3SM“) ... Read more.

Project News

An Update on the E3SM Simulation Campaigns

The E3SM project is approaching the end of the first year of the three-year version 1 simulation campaign to address areas of importance to earth system research. Read more.

DOE and NOAA Issue Important Workshop Report 

In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted the Workshop on the Initialization of High-Resolution Earth System Models. Read more.

BER Announces 13 E3SM Funding Awards

A cumulative total of $10 million in funding was awarded to 13 research projects focused on using or developing E3SM. Read more.

Excellence Awarded at the Earth and Environmental System Modeling (EESM) PI Meeting

November’s PI Meeting in Maryland included science presentations, breakout discussions, and recognition for E3SM developers, including the Phase 1 Leadership Award, Critical Path Team Award, and E3SM Best Poster Award.

Watch E3SM Simulations of the Global Ocean

MPAS-Oceanan E3SM component developed at Los Alamos National Laboratorysimulates ocean circulation and biogeochemistry, and includes the capability to “zoom in” to regions where high resolution is desired. Read more; watch video.

E3SM Project Rolls Out First Virtual Training

E3SM users now have a series of short, easy-to-follow online tutorials to get started using the E3SM model and its output data. Read more.

E3SM All-Hands Presentations

E3SM All-Hands Presentations are now available to everyone for viewing together with PowerPoint presentations. Read more.

Research & Technical Highlights

For a full list of E3SM-related highlights, see research highlights on the DOE BER website; see all available E3SM technical highlights on the DOE BER website.

Millennial-Scale Vulnerability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to Regional Ice Shelf Collapse

PI Contact: Dan Martin
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Read highlight.

Quantifying Uncertainty in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model

PI Contacts: L. Ruby Leung and Yun Qian
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Read highlight.

Model Resolution Sensitivity of the Simulation of North Atlantic Oscillation Teleconnections to Precipitation Extremes

PI Contact: Salil Mahajan
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Read highlight.

Weaker Land–Climate Feedbacks From Nutrient Uptake During Photosynthesis-Inactive Periods

PI Contact: William J. Riley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Read highlight.

FATES: The Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator

PI Contact:
Jennifer Holm
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Read highlight (DOE BER website).

MALI: A Variable-Resolution Ice Sheet Model for Earth System Modeling Using Voronoi Grids

PI Contacts:
Matt Hoffman, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mauro Perego, Sandia National Laboratories
Read highlight (DOE BER website).

Code Releases

NCO Release 4.7.8 Helps CMIP6 Data Providers

The netCDF Operators (NCO) toolkit allows users to manipulate and analyze data stored in netCDF-accessible formats, including DAP, HDF4, and HDF5. Read more.

E3SM Diagnostics v1.5.0 Package Released

The E3SM project is pleased to announce the release of version 1.5.0 of the E3SM Diagnostics package. Read more.

New Project Documents

E3SM: The Energy Exascale Earth System Model Phase 2 (2018-2021) Extended Brochure

Dorothy Koch
U.S. Department of Energy
Read brochure (PDF).

E3SM: The Energy Exascale Earth System Model Brief

Dorothy Koch
U.S. Department of Energy
Read brief (PDF).

Earth and Environmental System Modeling (EESM) Program Overview Brochure

Dorothy Koch
U.S. Department of Energy
Read brochure (PDF).

Career Opportunities

Be sure to bookmark our new Career Opportunities website. If your organization has a job listing to share, send a note to the E3SM project team.


Brookhaven National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

E3SM-Related Publications

For a complete listing, see the E3SM publications list on the DOE BER website. To share E3SM-related publications, use the online form on the DOE BER website.

Anderson, G.J., Lucas, D.D., Bonfils, C. 2018. “Uncertainty Analysis of Simulations of the Turn-of-the-Century Drought in the Western United States.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123. doi: 10.1029/2017JD027824
Bjorkman, A.D., et al. 2018. “Change in Plant Functional Traits Across a Warming Tundra Biome.” Nature, 562:57-62, doi10.1038/s41586-018-0563-7
Collins, W.D, Feldman, D.R. Feldman, Kuo, C., Nguyen, N.H. 2018. “Large regional shortwave forcing by anthropogenic methane informed by Jovian observations.” Science Advances, 4(9), eaas9593, doi10.1126/sciadv.aas9593
Feng, Z., Leung, L.R., Houze, A., Hagos, S., Hardin, J., Yang, Q., Han, B., Fan, J. 2018.  "Structure and Evolution of Mesoscale Convective Systems: Sensitivity to Cloud Microphysics in Convection-Permitting Simulations Over the United States."  Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 10(7): 1470-1494, doi: 10.1029/2018ms001305
Grotjahn, R., Huynh, J.  2018.  “Contiguous US Summer Maximum Temperature and Heat Stress Trends in CRU and NOAA Climate Division Data Plus Comparisons to Reanalyses.” Scientific Reports 8(1): 11146 (1-18), doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29286-w
Hoesly, R.M., Smith, S.J. 2018. “Informing Energy Consumption Uncertainty: An Analysis of Energy Data Revisions.” Environmental Research Letters 13(12), doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaebc3
Jones, A.D., Calvin, K.V., Shi, X., DiVittorio, A.V., Bond-Lamberty, B., Thornton, P.E., Collins, W.D. 2018. “Quantifying Human‐Mediated Carbon Cycle Feedbacks.” Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 11,370–11,379, doi: 10.1029/2018GL079350
Lin, G., Ghan, S.J., Wang, M., Ma, P.-L., Easter, R.C., Ovchinnikov, M., Fan, J., Zhang, K., Wang, H., Chand, D., Qian, Y. 2019. “Development and Evaluation of an Explicit Treatment of Aerosol Processes at Cloud Scale Within a Multi‐Scale Modeling Framework (MMF).” Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10(7):1663-1679, doi: 10.1029/2018MS001287
Qi, J., Zhang, X., McCarty, G.W., Sadeghi, A.M., Cosh, M.H., Zeng, X., Gao, F., Daughtry, C.S.T., Huang, C., Lang, M.W., Arnold, J.G. 2018. “Assessing the Performance of a Physically-Based Soil Moisture Module Integrated Within the Soil and Water Assessment Tool.” Environmental Modelling and Software, 109, 329-341, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.024
Pattyn, F., et al. 2018. “The Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets Under 1.5 °C Global Warming.” Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0305-8
Seeley, J.T., Jeevanjee, N., Romps, D.M. 2019. “FAT or FiTT: Are anvil clouds or the tropopause temperature‐invariant?” Geophysical Research Letters, 46, doi: 10.1029/2018GL080096
Stephenson, S.R., Wang, W., Zender, C.S., Wang, H., Davis, S.J., Rasch, P.J. 2018. “Climatic Responses to Future Trans‐Arctic Shipping.” Geophysical Research Letters, 45(18), 9898–9908, doi: 10.1029/2018GL078969
Tan, Z., Leung, L.R., Li, H.-Y., Tesfa, T. 2018. “Modeling Sediment Yield in Land Surface and Earth System Models: Model Comparison, Development, and Evaluation.” Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10, 2192–2213, doi: 10.1029/2017MS001270
Wang, H, McClean, J., Talley, L.,  Yeager, S. 2018. “Seasonal Cycle and Annual Reversal of the Somali Current in an Eddy‐Resolving Global Ocean Model.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123(9): 6562-6580, doi: 10.1029/2018jc013975
Webster, M., Gerland, S., Holland, M., Hunke, E., Kwok, R., Lecomte, O., Massom, R., Perovich, D., M. Sturm. 2018. “Snow in the Changing Sea-Ice Systems.” Nature Climate Change, 8, 946–953, doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0286-7

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