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Impacts

ESMF is changing...

... the nature and scale of interagency collaborations

ESMF reduces technical barriers to sharing codes, and encourages regular interagency dialogue through its processes and management. It has fostered an unprecedented level of interaction among modelers from NASA, DoD, NOAA, other agencies and centers, and universities. These collaborations are transcending traditional geoscience domains and merge hydrology, space weather, climate, and weather prediction projects.

Click right to enlarge the Model Map of ESMF components and their connections.

... how models are structured and developed

ESMF organizes models into collections of components with standardized interfaces, arranged in hierarchical trees. Modelers can utilize ESMF toolkits for common tasks, and can draw from a pool of modeling components already in the community. The result is increased code-sharing and collaboration across organizations, faster knowledge transfer and technical adaptation, and cost savings through code reuse.

Click left to enlarge a schematic of the GEOS-5 atmospheric general circulation model. Each box, including the couplers, is an ESMF component.

... how modeling projects are managed

The ESMF governance model has clear, formal processes for multi-agency management and customer-driven decision making. Customers set development priorities and schedules through participation in quarterly meetings. The broader community can participate in open design reviews and open code reviews, and browse and download from the open source code repository.

Click right to enlarge the ESMF Governance Model, and read more about it under our Management tab.