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Links to climate models and/or climate modeling groups. These
are sites maintained by large groups performing climate research
by running global circulation models on really big and fast
computers. A lot of sites have available images of model results (along
with the model output used to make the image), and some even
offer the source code of some models. The figure you see
was pinched from the
LLNL climate modeling site, and you can get
the full sized version by clicking on it.
Last checked or updated: Feb. 10, 1997
- General research on understanding the chemical-climatic
environment of the atmsophere, e.g. fine-scale mixing of
atmospheric pollutants, stratosphere-troposphere exchange, etc.
- The climate group at CERFACS site has information about
their current research, documents and publications, and a
Climate Experiments Atlas online. They've developed an online
viewing system called Vairmer to enable browsing the Atlas
via the Web.
- The DOE Computer Hardware, Advanced Mathematics and Model
Physics program is interested in the development of new mathematical
methods for the solution of the shallow water equations in
spherical geometry since they are used as a kernel for both
oceanic and atmospheric general circulation models (GCMs). This
has source code for single- and multi-processor spectral transform
shallow water models used for benchmarking purposes as well as
- This site contains recent publications in PDF format,
a description of their various atmosphere and ocean models,
descriptions of current research projects, and the Country
Specific Model for Intertemporal Climate (COSMIC), a program
for calculating a range of dynamic country--specific climate
- Contains information about various projects going on
at the CIC, including the PILPS and RICE Projects and the
- Includes information about researchers, recent papers,
on-line publication, dendroclimatology, and more.
- This department has developed and uses a general
circulation model called
circulation modeling System).
CLIVAR project to compare the control climate simulations
of the coupled climate models currently in use.
- This center, located a Penn State, combines the departments of
Geosciences, Meteorology, Geography and Mineral Economics to search
for links between the Earth's physical processes and past and future
global change. Research focuses include the global water cycle,
biogeochemical cycles, Earth system history, and human impacts
on the Earth system.
- A supercomputing center for climate research charged with
supporting the German climate research community with
computational, archival and post processing resources. This
contains links to climate data resources, satellite data,
and graphics and visualization resources at DKRZ.
- The goal of this lab is to expand the scientific understanding
of those physical processes which govern the behavior of the atmosphere
and oceans as complex fluid systems, and the scientific work encompasses
such disciplines as meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, classical
physics, fluid dynamics, chemistry, applied math, high-speed digital
computation, and experiment design and analysis. The site contains
the GFDL Modular Ocean Model (MOM), climatological data sets,
and information about the projects and staff.
- This is a NASA research institute located near Columbia
University in New York City, and is primarily engaged in studies
of global climate change. The site contains information about
the various research programs, especially Earth observations,
global climate modeling, climate impacts, and planetary atmospheres
as well as links to datasets, images and software pertinent to
their research mission.
- This center, located in Bracknell, UK, exists to provide
the UK government with an authoritative, up-to-date assessment
of both natural and man-made climate change. This is accomplished
via a research program whose main aspects are the simulation of
the present climate, understanding the factors controlling
climate change and predicting the climate of the next century,
and developing and using global climate simulation models.
The site contains an index of datasets and a list of refereed
publications originating at the center.
- The mission of this program is to develop an advanced generation
of parallel climate models together with a coputational framework
that will provide a comprehensive climate systems modling capability
on high-performance computing systems. The site contains brief
information about the program and some graphical output.
- A French research group that engages in climate
modeling amongst other things.
- A project to develop ocean and atmospheric general circulation
models that can be used on massively parallel computers.
- This was established to perform numerical experiments to identify
and quantify the uncertainties associated with predictions of
greenhouse gas-induced climate change, to create a protocol
for analyzing the experimental results, and to communicate their
findings. The site contains detailed on-line descriptions (with
graphics) of the progress of the project as well as links to
the institutions that constitute the consortium.
- A collaboration between the
Center for Global Change Science and the
Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT to develop a state-of-the-art
model of the atmosphere and ocean for studying the climate using
- This site contains information about their research
purposes and projects as well as their staff. Also available
are some source codes and research reports.
- Specializes in lower and middle atmosphere research using
models and observations. Site includes some results concerning
column-integrated ozone, monthly cloudiness, and sudden
- A division of NCAR with the mission of promoting further
understanding of the physical causes of present and past climates
and of large-scale atmospheric and oceanic dynamics. It consists
of several sections, two of whom are concerned with global
climate modeling and shown below.
- The Climate Systems Model is the latest
coupled atmosphere/ocean/surface model from the climate
modeling group at NCAR. It is slated to replace the
GENESIS model described below. It comprises
the CCM3, a Land Surface Model (LSM), and an ocean
circulation model (a version of the MOM code). The system
also has a flux coupler to control the interations of the
- An effort to develop a comprehensive, first-generation model
of Earth's climate system for use in global climate change
research. The site contains several images produced from
project simulations as well as information about GENESIS
- This is the freely available general circulation
model that has been developed at NCAR and used by many
groups around the world. The site contains the source
code and documentation for the model.
- The Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
coordinates the Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project
and engages in research and other collaborative activities
directed to diagnosing global climate models and to improving
their performance. They have also developed the
VCS data analysis software.
- A multidisciplinary research center at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison specializing in atmospheric studies of the
Earth and other planets, interactive computing and image
processing, and spaceflight hardware design and fabrication.
The site contains further information about itself as well as
data sources and links, research information, and image
processing and graphing software.
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