Research supported by the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program inside the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science is focused on delivering improved scientific data and models about the potential response of the Earth’s climate to increased greenhouse gas levels for policy makers to determine safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Within BER, the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) is tasked with examining current and future data infrastructure requirements foundational for achieving CESD scientific mission goals in advancing a robust, predictive understanding of Earth’s climate and environmental systems. Over the past several years, data volumes in CESD disciplines have risen sharply to unprecedented levels (tens of petabytes). Moreover, the complexity and diversity of this research data—including simulations, observations, and reanalysis—have grown significantly, posing new challenges for data capture, storage, verification, analysis, integration, and sharing. With the trends of increased data volume (in the hundreds of petabytes), more complex analysis processes, and growing cross-disciplinary collaborations, it is timely to investigate whether the CESD community has the computational and data infrastructure support needed to fully realize the scientific potential of its data collections.
In recognition of these challenges, CESD’s Data Management activity seeks to identify the community’s key data technology requirements and high-priority development needs for sustaining and growing its scientific discovery potential. This includes examining existing solutions and identifying gaps in current services, data products, tools, and infrastructure that aid the community in scientific progress.
Information Resources of Note
The Earth System Grid Federation, a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) a collaboration that develops, deploys and maintains software infrastructure for the management, dissemination, and analysis of model output and observational data.
The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, a long running climate-change data and information analysis center in support of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Justin Hnilo, Program Manager
Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, SC-23.1
Department of Energy, GTN Bldg.
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585-1290
Fax: (301) 903-8519