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Climate Modeling Approaches ‘Golden Age’

Nov 12, 2014 |

High-performance computing is facing some of its toughest challenges yet, but supercomputing is also yielding better results than ever before. When it comes to climate science, for example, researchers are reporting higher resolutions and truer simulations. According to one Berkeley Lab researcher, climate science is on the verge of a golden age. As described in Read more…

NOAA Refines Forecasting Ability

Oct 6, 2014 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently deployed a next-generation model for hyper-local forecasting as part of a wider effort to boost the accuracy of US weather prediction. Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is helping meteorologists with NOAA’s National Weather Read more…

Climate Modeling Pioneer on Higher Resolution, Higher Impact Change

Jun 2, 2014 |

“If you burn one molecule of fossil fuel and put that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it will remain there for around 100 years on average,” explained NCAR Senior Scientist, Dr. Warren Washington. “Some remain closer to 500 years. The reason for concern is that if we don’t do something now and we’ve already built Read more…

Computing the Ozone Pollution Threat

May 8, 2014 |

One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers devoted to climate change – the 1.5 petaflop Yellowstone system – is fulfilling its mission to help find solutions to serious climate change issues. Recently a team of researchers from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and several partner institutions used Yellowstone, an IBM iDataPlex cluster, to simulate the threat of ozone Read more…

Cray Goes Back to the Future for Weather Forecasting

Feb 16, 2014 |

Weather forecasting has come a long way since June of 1977, when the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) first contracted Cray to deliver one of its early Cray-1A systems across the pond. This was the first time a Cray found its way to the old country—an installation that set the stage for Read more…

Accurate Forecasts Tied to Supercomputer Spending

Feb 12, 2014 |

As large swaths of the country are hit by snowstorm after snowstorm and western states battle a decade’s long dry spell with California declaring a drought emergency, weather is on nearly everyone’s mind. For many years now, the populace has relied on powerful supercomputers to forecast the weather, so it may be surprising to learn Read more…

Hurricane Force Supercomputing: Petascale Simulations of Sandy

Nov 14, 2013 |

The devastation incurred by the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast of the United States just over one year ago exemplifies the need for further advances in accuracy and reliability in numerical weather prediction. High resolution numerical weather simulations carried out on hundreds of thousands of processors on the largest supercomputers, Blue Waters in this case, are providing these very insights.

Met Office Maps Storm Days in Advance

Oct 29, 2013 |

The MET Office, the UK’s National Weather Service, relies on more than 10 million weather observations from sites around the world, a sophisticated atmospheric model and a £30 million IBM supercomputer to generate 3,000 tailored forecasts every day. Thanks to this advanced forecasting system, climate scientists were able to predict the size and path of Read more…

Supercomputing Enables Climate Time Machine

Sep 23, 2013 |

Climate scientists use DOE supercomputers to provide independent confirmation of global land warming since 1901 – further evidence of anthropogenic global climate change. Project shows “predictions” not only possible, but also highly accurate…

Supercomputer Feeds Smart Irrigation Systems

Jul 5, 2011 |

Real-time weather information is feeding new opportunities for efficient irrigation and watering systems.

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