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August 27, 2014

Eight National Labs Collaborating on New Climate Change Project

Eight Energy Department national laboratories will collaborate with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other partners in the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project, a new effort funded by the Energy Department's Office of Science to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia national laboratories will use high-performance computing (HPC) to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model.

Over a planned 10-year span, the aim of the ACME project is to conduct simulations and modeling on the most sophisticated HPC machines as they become available. The team initially will use the Energy Department's Office of Science Leadership Computing Facilities at Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories. Four academic institutions and one private-sector company will also contribute.

The initial focus will be on three critical topics related to climate change: the water cycle, biogeochemistry (the carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles), and cryosphere systems (ice and snow). See the Lawrence Berkeley news release and the ACME Project Strategy and Initial Implementation Plan PDF.