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Earth System Modeling Framework project to hold first open community meeting

Slated for 30 May 2002 in Washington, DC

Earth System Modeling Framework


NCAR and its collaborators on the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) project are extending an open invitation to the project's first open community meeting on 30 May 2002 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

NCAR partners on the ESMF project include the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, DOE Argonne National Laboratory, DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Michigan, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The three-year effort is being sponsored by the NASA Earth Science Technology Office.

The ESMF collaboration is developing a framework of software tools and standards for building and combining components of climate models, numerical weather prediction and data assimilation systems, and other Earth science applications. The purpose of the upcoming meeting is to discuss and collect software infrastructure and coupling requirements. Subsequent ESMF community meetings, to be held next year and the year after, will focus on the ESMF programming interface and using the ESMF in applications. Active and broad participation in ESMF development will enable the building of a framework that will serve the needs of both national modeling centers and individual academic researchers.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend for all or part of the day. The Grand Hyatt Hotel is within walking distance of the Washington Convention Center, where the Spring American Geophysical Union meeting will be in session on the same day. An overview of the ESMF project will be provided in the Constitution Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt at 10:00 AM.

The areas for which requirements will be elicited include component coupling interfaces, regridding and interpolation, fields and grids, I/O, time management, performance profiling, logging, and error handling. The ESMF development team will provide a draft set of requirements in advance of the meeting for community review. It will also provide online forms for participants to comment on draft requirements or submit new requirements. These will be available on the ESMF web site on 17 May 2002.

For more information

To learn more about the ESMF project and to view an agenda for the ESMF community requirements meeting, please see:


If you are interested in attending the meeting, would like to be added to an ESMF informational mailing list, or have questions about ESMF, please send email to esmf@ucar.edu.

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