The Earth System Modeling Center (ESMC) of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) was initiated in the summer of 2012 and formally established in May 2013 It aims at developing world-class climate and earth system models
The Earth System Modeling Center (ESMC) of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology (NUIST) was initiated in the summer of 2012 and formally established in May 2013. It aims at developing world-class climate and earth system models to meet the multiple needs for 1) seamless climate prediction from subseasonal to decadal time scale, 2) future projection of the earth climate and environmental changes, and 3) modeling and prediction of highly impactful weather and climate events, and 4) better understanding of underlying physical processes of complex climate variability. The ESMC serves as an international scientific research platform to promote frontier research on global changes and interdisciplinary research on earth system science, as well as to nurture a team of young generation talents.
The ESMC consists of 9 research groups: 1) Model Development, 2)Climate Modeling Disastrous Events, 3) Ocean and Polar Processes, 4) Climate Prediction and Predictability, 5) Climate Variability and Climate Change, 6) Land Surface and East Asian Monsoon, 7) Aerosol-cloud-radiation, 8) Atmospheric Chemistry, and 9) Paleoclimate Modeling. Currently over 40 faculty members and postdoctoral fellows are engaging in active research in these areas.
The first version of the NUIST model, NUIST- ESM V1 was released in April 2014, which is a climate system model that couples atmosphere, land, ocean, and sea ice components. The NUIST ESM V2 version will be ready for release by the end of 2015. Improved physical parameterizations were incorporated in the atmosphere, land and sea ice components of the V2 model for better climate simulations. A comprehensive and quantitative metrics are set up for evaluation of the model performance against observations and in comparison with the CMIP 5 models. This assessment metrics includes more than 50 characteristic variables describing climatology and modes of climate variability in the Earth climate system. The NUIST-ESM V2 will be used to participate in IPCC AR6 experiments and subseasonal and seasonal prediction.