Collection of News Articles or Videos Relating to E3SM

Gobal water-surface temperatures, with the surface texture driven by vorticity. Regions of warmer water (red) adjacent to the Gulf Stream off the eastern coast of the U.S. indicate the model’s capability to simulate eddy transport of heat within the ocean, a key component necessary to accurately simulate global climate change.

January 6, 2022

ANL: Updated exascale system for Earth simulations

Argonne National Laboratory’s press release story on the E3SM version 2 model release.

“Earth system models like E3SM take advantage of powerful new computers to simulate variations in Earth systems and anticipate changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. Released to the scientific community in late September, a new version of the model runs more than two times faster than its predecessor. “

High-resolution E3SM simulation over the Arctic

High-resolution E3SM simulation over the Arctic showing surface ocean currents and temperatures (blue) and January sea-ice concentration (gray/white).

October 25, 2021

LANL: Improved DOE exascale Earth system model two times faster than previous version

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s press release story on the E3SM version 2 model release.

HPCwire features E3SM’s v2 release.

October 18, 2021

HPCwire: Energy Exascale Earth System Model Version 2 Promises Twice the Speed

The high performance computing magazine, HPCwire, featured a story on E3SM’s version 2 release, which included a key quote by scientist Chris Golaz from the LLNL and LANL press releases:  “From one version to another, Earth system models typically become better but also quite a bit slower, so both faster and better is significant.”



A model of the North American Regionally Refined Model grid

A model of the North American Regionally Refined Model grid showing the grid refinement that includes a 100-kilometer grid globally and 25 kilometers over North America.

October 14, 2021

LLNL’s press release: Updated exascale system for earth simulations


November 8, 2021

LBNL’s press release: Improved Earth System Model Could Help Better Predict Impact of Extreme Events


Climate Research at the Office of Science video screenshot.

July 22, 2021

DOE Office of Science:  Climate Research at the Office of Science Roundtable Discussion

E3SM’s BGC Lead Scientist Kate Calvin, participated in a livestream roundtable discussion with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Deputy Director for Climate and Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Jane Lubchenco, Associate Director for Operations for DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility Nicki Hickmon, and Senior Advisor in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division (CESD) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area Margaret Torn.

Polar warming is much faster than the mid-latitudes and tropics, and the warming over land is greater than over ocean, however it is unknown where more extreme heat events occur. New research shows more record-breaking temperatures and heat events will occur in the tropics rather than the poles.

June 10, 2021

World Economic Forum article:  What climate change will mean for the tropics

E3SM and University of Arizona researcher, Xubin Zeng’s recent paper on “Quantifying the Occurrence of Record Hot Years Through Normalized Warming Trends” was highlighted in a World Economic Forum article based on a University of Arizona press release titled “Record-Breaking Temperatures More Likely in Populated Tropics.”  The paper was also included in “AMS News You Can Use” and “AGU in the News.”

Processes modeled by Icepack, the column physics of the sea ice model CICE.

May 18, 2021

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL’s) YouTube Channel: R & D 100: CICE Video

LANL’s Elizabeth Hunke narrated a video about the sea ice model, CICE, and Icepack its column physics code. The video has been submitted to the 2021 R&D 100 Awards competition.





Dr. Lai-yung Ruby Leung, E3SM Chief Scientist.

Dr. Lai-yung Ruby Leung, E3SM Chief Scientist.

May 11, 2021

DOE Office of Science:

Tweet and Women @ Energy: Dr. Ruby Leung Article

Ruby Leung was mentioned in a DOE Office of Science Twitter post for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The tweet referred back to a feature story the Office published on September 11, 2019 about Women working at the Department of Energy.

The front of Getz Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Credit: Jeremy Harbeck, NASA Icebridge

May 5, 2021

New York Times:  Emissions Cuts Could Drop the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans by Half

Washington Post:  ‘Uncertainty is not our friend’: Scientists are still struggling to understand the sea level risks posed by Antarctica

UK’s Daily Mail: A successful Paris Climate Agreement could HALVE the ice we lose by 2100: Limiting global warming to 2.7°F would prevent the worst effects of sea level rise, scientists say

LANL’s Press Release:  Antarctica remains the wild card for sea-level rise estimates through 2100

LBNL/NERSC Press Release:  Limit global warming to 1.5°C and halve the land ice contribution to sea level this century

All news articles and press releases include a discussion of the Nature paper titled “Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first-century sea level rise” which was published May 5, 2021. Several E3SM and SciDAC ProSPect team members were co-authors on the Nature paper.

A helicopter flight over Greenland enabled UCI Earth system scientists to observe melt ponds. By gathering data from a network of weather instruments placed around the massive island, the researchers determined that surface melting of its ice sheet is coming mainly from the steady, day-to-day effect of wind- and solar-driven heat.  Image courtesy of Wenshan Wang (UCI).

May 5, 2021

University of California, Irvine (UCI) News:

UCI researchers identify primary causes of Greenland’s rapid ice sheet surface melt

Understanding the relative importance of the various surface melt processes is helping scientists evaluate and improve Greenland’s surface melt in E3SM.

Researchers: Wenshan Wang (UCI), Charlie Zender (UCI), Dirk van As and Robert Fausto (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS), and Matthew Laffin (UCI).

April 18-24, 2021

DOE Office of Science Twitter Feed:

For Earth Week, the Office of Science highlighted E3SM’s Earth systems modeling work by creating animated GIFs which they posted on the Office of Science’s Twitter feed.  Some of the posts included the following tweets.

April 24:

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April 22:

Story about E3SM on the Office of Science website:  For Earth Systems Scientists, Every Day is Earth Day

April 21:

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This view toward the South Pole is a snapshot of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. (Courtesy of the Sculpting Vis Collaborative, Daniel Keefe, and Francesca Samsel.)

April 1, 2021

Physics Today:

Mingling Art and Science Opens Minds

Mark Petersen and Francesca Samsel of Los Alamos National Laboratory were interviewed for this Physics Today story on collaborations between scientists and artists. The article included their work on visualizing E3SM Antarctic ice shelf melt and ocean circulation data.

Daymet climatologies allow easy comparison of metrics like these monthly averages of maximum temperature for April (left) and August (right) of 2019.

January 29, 2021

Oak Ridge National Laboratory:

Earth System Informatics and Data Discovery

New Daymet Data Facilitate Environmental Science, Earth System Modeling

Researchers: Michele Thornton, Peter Thornton, Rupesh Shrestha, Shih-Chieh Kao, Yaxing Wei and Bruce Wilson.


Los Alamos National Laboratory is studying the outcome of ice sheet melting in Antarctica and how it affects the environment around it.

January 24, 2021

Albuquerque Journal:

Are Visualizations the Future of Science?

by John Patchett, a Staff Scientist in the Information Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Note: If you don’t have a subscription to the Albuquerque Journal, you’ll need to use Google Chrome and answer a few survey questions to read the article. (You do not need to buy a subscription.)


Susannah Burrows, Climate Scientist from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory participated in the Science Olympiad and continues to volunteer.

December, 2020

STEM Education at Science Olympiad:

STEM Session Transcript

STEM Session Youtube Video

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Susannah Burrows

Sandia’s Mark Taylor. Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories.

November 19, 2020

ASCR Discovery:

Climate on a New Scale

Sandia’s Mark Taylor explains how DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model will harness the next level of supercomputer to explore big climate questions.

The August Complex, at more than 1 million acres, is the state’s first “gigafire” to occur since at least 1932. Research shows that human-caused climate change bears much of the blame.

October 21, 2020

The Washington Post:

This is What Fuels the West’s Infernos

Ruby Leung was interviewed about wildfires in this Washington Post story and cited on the sharpening of the precipitation seasonal cycle in California and implications for wildfires that can be addressed using E3SM.

At 1-kilometer resolution, a European climate model (left) is nearly indistinguishable from reality (right).

October 1, 2020

Science Magazine:

Europe is building a ‘digital twin’ of Earth to revolutionize climate forecasts

Ruby Leung was interviewed for this article which noted E3SM’s effort on exascale computing, in the context of a new European effort called “Destination Earth”.

Earth System Modeling at DOE.

September 25, 2020

U.S. DOE, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee Meeting September 24-25, 2020:

Incorporating GPUs into Earth System Science

Mark Taylor gave a talk on E3SM at the DOE ASCR Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee.


Doug Black, Editor in-Chief insideHPC and Mark Taylor, Mathematician at Sandia National Labs.

September 24, 2020


Video: Exascale for Earth System Modeling of Storms, Droughts, Sea Level Rise

Mark Taylor was interviewed by insideHPC and talked about the use of exascale-class supercomputers – to be delivered to three U.S. Department of Energy national labs in 2021 – for large-scale and water resource forecasting.


Rows of cabinets hold incredible processing power for one of the world’s best supercomputers, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in TN. Exascale computing will surpass these existing computers by leaps and bounds.

September 15, 2020


Core Concept: Nascent exascale supercomputers offer promise, present challenges

Ruby Leung and E3SM mentioned in “Core Concept:  Nascent exascale supercomputers offer promise, present challenges” in PNAS.

A graphic showing ocean circulation developed from MPAS (Model for Prediction Across Scales) components for oceans, sea ice, and land ice. (Graphic courtesy

August 19, 2020

Georgia Institute of Technology:

Making Earth System Models that Match the Speed of Climate Change

Annalisa Bracco and Taka Ito land a Department of Energy grant to improve computer models for analyzing Earth’s carbon cycles across oceans, land, and the atmosphere.

An international team of scientists, including Berkeley Lab’s William Riley and Qing Zhu, published an update on the global methane budget as part of the Global Carbon Project.

August 13, 2020

Berkeley Lab News Center:

Global Methane Emissions Soaring, But How Much Was Due to Wetlands?

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab scientist William Riley on the challenges in estimating methane emissions from wetlands and how nuanced computer models may help.

Building a better picture of the planet using supercomputers.

July 27, 2020

DCD, Data Center Dynamics:

DOE Announces $7M for Energy Exascale Earth System Model

The Department of Energy will fund nine studies designed to help improve the Energy Exascale Earth System Model program. E3SM plans to create a comprehensive model of the Earth system. The projects, lasting three years, will together cost $7m.


In the E3SM-MMF project’s multiscale modeling framework, a cloud-resolving model is embedded within a global model of Earth’s atmosphere. The cloud-resolving model improves the ability to simulate the many processes responsible for cloud formation. Credit: the E3SM-MMF project.

June 25, 2020

ECP, Exascale Computing Project:

E3SM-MMF: Forecasting Water Resources and Severe Weather with Greater Confidence

Mark Taylor was interviewed on the ECP website.

This storm over the Russian River in California was driven by an atmospheric river. Every time the Russian River flooded between 2004 and 2014, it was because of one of these “rivers in the sky.”

March 10, 2020

DOE Office of Science:

Flooding the Sky: Navigating the Science of Atmospheric Rivers

Ruby Leung was interviewed for this DOE Office of Science article on how researchers are collaborating to measure atmospheric rivers and figure out how they can be factored into climate models.

Current-climate bias metrics in the high-resolution model (HR) are generally improved relative to the low/standard-resolution E3SMv1 model (LR), which is itself generally superior to most CMIP5 models (boxes and whiskers in the image above which shows the root-mean-square error (RMSE) where lower values are better).

March 3, 2020


New Version of Earth Model Captures Climate Dynamics

Rob Jacob interviewed: A new high-resolution Earth systems model has been designed to predict climate trends into the next century. The model will provide the scientific basis by which to mitigate the effects of extreme climate on energy and other essential services.

Direct Current – An Podcast

February 14, 2020

Direct Current Podcast – LIVE AT AAAS:

The Future of Water & Wildfire

Ruby Leung was interviewed in a DOE podcast on future water and wildfire challenges at the AAAS annual meeting, highlighting relevant E3SM capabilities that can be brought to bear.

E3SM Video

E3SM in News

Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS)

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