University of Colorado
Optimized Infrastructure for the Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) is an ONR-funded effort to improve predictive model capabilities for timescales up to one year. The activities described on this site encompass a one-year seed project and the technical portion of a more inclusive three year project funded under a 2013 National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP) Broad Agency Announcement, entitled: An Integration and Evaluation Framework for ESPC Coupled Models.
Technical infrastructure utilized for this work includes the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), the National Unified Operational Prediction Capability (NUOPC) Layer which introduces a set of conventions for ESMF-based codes, the Community Earth System Model (CESM) cpl7 software, and the Model Coupling Toolkit (MCT) used in cpl7. Activities are being coordinated through ESPC, NUOPC, and ESMF governance bodies and regular team teleconferences.
There are several activities associated with the effort, including:
Collectively these activities aim to unify the community, merge widely used coupling tools to increase interoperability across timescales, and prepare for extreme scale computing.