In May 2017, a community of Earth system modellers from eight Helmholtz centres across Germany came together to initiate a four-year long adventure under the Helmholtz-funded initiative Advancing Earth System Modelling Capacity - the ESM project.
The group had a clear objective: they would have joined forces to develop and apply innovative Earth system modelling capacity to contribute to solving some of the grand challenges mankind is facing. The efforts concentrated on enhancing the representation of Earth system model compartments, for which world-leading expertise was available within the group. Another cornerstone of the project has been the development of a flexible framework for the effective coupling of Earth system model components, which is challenging given the diverse nature of the components and models being coupled. Furthermore, Earth system data assimilation capacity needed to be advanced, as the most effective way of combining models and observations.
Today, four years into the project and close to a transition into a new form, the project and its participants look back at the hard work of these years and reflect on the achievements and advancements of the consortium.
For the full summary, check the page at this link.