New Space and Tech

The Climate at Home Project

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (“GSFC”) is looking to enter into a non-funded Space Act Agreement partnership for the development of a climate simulation system referred to hereafter as the “Climate@Home(TM) project.” The Climate@Home(TM) project will build a virtual climate simulation supercomputer with contributions from citizens for both their idle computing cycles and local knowledge about climate change. The Climate@Home(TM) effort will be a major step towards developing a new quantitative system for prioritizing and designing a climate simulation system. It will spur a closer relationship between the climate science hypothesis (a climate model) and the design of the simulation system used to test that hypothesis. Additionally, it will allow for prior assessment of measurements against specific accuracy, coverage and biases we will be able to constrain within model parameterizations. The Climate@Home(TM) project will also contribute to the national and international effort to better understand climate change, prepare citizens for climate change, and support regional to global climate related policy and decision making. More

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