Administration of the Community Earth System Model
The CESM Advisory Board (CAB) will serve as an advisory committee reporting to the CESM Scientific Steering Committee, NSF Program Director, NCAR Director, and UCAR President. Membership in the CAB will come from university faculty and staff, staff members of national laboratories, and scientists from foreign universities, laboratories, and centers.
The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) will provide scientific leadership for the CESM project, including oversight of activities of working groups, coordination of model experiments, decision making on model definition and development.
The detailed work on various aspects of CESM will be done in working groups. These working groups will consist of scientists who come together to work on topics on which they share common interest.
CESM Strategic Plan
Over the past five years the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) has increased in scope to a Community Earth System Model (CESM) by including an interactive carbon cycle component, an interactive chemistry component, a whole atmosphere component (dynamics and chemistry of the stratosphere and mesosphere), and a new land-ice component. Three new working groups have been formed to develop the chemistry, whole atmosphere and land-ice components. The project also works continuously to improve the simulations of the basic physical model, because reduced biases are required when these new components are added. [Statement to NSF]
The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a fully-coupled, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states.
CESM is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Administration of the CESM is maintained by the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).