ESRL Director's Office Seminar

Sylvia Murphy

Sylvia Murphy

Luca Cinquini

Luca Cinquini

Thursday, 9 April 2014, 3 pm
David Skaggs Research Center
Room GC402

Earth System CoG & the Earth System Grid Federation: A Partnership for Improved Data Management and Project Coordination


The Earth System CoG Collaboration Environment, led by a NOAA/ESRL and CIRES team, is partnering with the DOE-led Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) data archive to deliver a capability that will enable users to store, federate, and search scientific datasets, and manage and connect the projects that produced those datasets. This capability is available now for use by ESRL projects.

ESGF is an international network of data nodes that is used to host climate data sets, including the model outputs from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP), which supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports. ESGF data nodes are federated, so that all data holdings are visible from any of the installation sites. An ESGF data node is now installed at ESRL. It currently hosts data from the international Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP) and Twentieth Century Reanalysis data from the Physical Sciences Division.

CoG is a collaboration environment and connective hub for networks of projects in the Earth Sciences. It currently provides access to ESGF data services, and is being adapted for use as the primary user interface to ESGF. It hosts software development projects, model intercomparison projects, and short university-level courses. It includes customizable search facets, metadata collection and display, project-level wikis, and a host of other capabilities. Hosted projects include the High Impact Weather Prediction Project (HIWPP) and the National Climate Predictions and Projections Platform (NCPP). CoG collaborators include NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE's Office of Science, and the E.U.'s Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System Modeling (IS-ENES) project.

CoG is partnering with the international Earth System Model Documentation (ES-DOC) consortium to develop and deploy tools that capture, display, and compare Earth system model metadata. This information can be linked directly from a CoG project or attached to specific datasets stored within ESGF data nodes. ES-DOC metadata tools are co-developed by IS-ENES and NOAA partners and have been used in DCMIP and CMIP5.

This presentation will demonstrate CoG and ESGF capabilities using relevant example projects.