CESM Administration: SSC Terms of Reference
Charge: Provide scientific leadership for the Community Earth System Model (CESM) project, including oversight of activities of working groups, coordination of model experiments, making decisions on model definition and development, writing proposals for computer time to the Climate Simulation Laboratory and elsewhere, if appropriate, encouragement of external participation in the project, and promotion of CESM within NSF, DOE, and other agencies, as appropriate. Also, to provide information to the CESM Advisory Board (CAB), as requested, on the functioning and progress of CESM.
Membership: The CESM Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) will consist of a balance of scientists from outside of NCAR and from within, including the Director of NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Division. There shall be a balance of scientists employed by NCAR and from outside NCAR, but in no case shall there be less than 5 scientists from outside NCAR. The Chair of the SSC will be appointed by the Director of NCAR, after consultation with the Director of the NSF-ATM Climate Dynamics Program, and others as appropriate. The term of the chair is two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The members will represent broad scientific disciplines related to earth-system modeling and will serve rotating terms of up to two years in duration. Reappointment is possible. Rotation of SSC membership is expected.
Appointment of Members: The members of the CESM SSC will be appointed by the Director of NCAR, after consultation with the Director of the NSF-ATM Climate Dynamics Program, and others as appropriate.
Meeting Frequency: The CESM SSC will typically meet at least two times a year, or more often as needed.
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).