Third Workshop of the ESM Task Team 1.5 on model coupling at AWI

On the 28-30 October 2019 the ESM members of the Task Team 1.5 “Coupling of Earth system compartments” came together at the Alfred-Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven to discuss the group’s current activities and results.

The overall objective of the ESM Work Package 1 is to improve the accuracy of Earth System models by improving the representation of key processes in the Earth System model compartments and by creating a common framework that facilitates the coupling of different Earth System components. Task Team 1.5, led by Partick Jöckel (DLR) and Joanna Staneva (HZG) has the specific aim to provide a coupling infrastructure that enables the integration of Earth system compartments.

The workshop was opened by Thomas Jung (Head of the Climate Dynamics group at AWI and ESM Project Coordinator) and Luisa Cristini (ESM Project Manager). Reports about modelling processes and coupling technologies developments held by several project scientists followed. Patrick Jöckel and Thomas Jung concluded the first day with a discussion about current ESM activities and the national strategy for Earth system modelling.

The second day focused on the ESM infrastructure, the current status of different models and their coupling possibilities and included a presentation by task team leader Patrick Jöckel. On the third day the discussion was mainly focusing on the task team’s contribution to the project as a whole including a possible prototype of hierarchically coupled systems, the next steps, and what needs to be achieved in the remaining time until the end of the project in December 2020. 

“The task team made huge progress since the last time we met in April 2019.” said Task Team leader Patrick Jöckel “One of the reasons for this is the good cooperation between the research centres contributing to this task. With this workshop we wanted to make sure that all team members are up to speed, that have clear what achievements have been made possible through the project, and have a grasp of the work that still needs to be completed. Joanna and I are very positive that the team will achieve our goals in the remaining project time”.