ESRL Team Receives Climate-Related Technology Transfer Award

ESRL team receives award for developing a climate visualization remapping tool.
April 2, 2015

Team members from ESRL's NESII program were among five federal laboratory teams jointly awarded with the prestigious 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium's Technology Transfer Interagency Partnership Award.

The ESRL team, comprised of CIRES researchers, Cecelia DeLuca, Ben Koziol, Robert Oehmke, Ryan O'Kuinghttons, Matt Rothstein, Gerhard Theurich, and Silverio Vasquez and contractors from Cherokee Nation Technologies, Fei Liu and Walter Spector, collaborated with the DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory, the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to develop software model infrastructure for NOAA's Modeling, analysis, Predictions, and Projections program called MAPP for short.

MAPP’s program mission is to enhance the Nation’s capability to understand and predict natural variability and changes in Earth’s climate system. The six laboratories worked collaboratively to develop the ultrascale visualization climate data analysis tool (UV-CDAT), a suite of technologies that have a variety of climate-related research applications.

The specific contribution of the ESRL team and, in particular, developers Ryan O'Kuinghttons and Robert Oehmke, was to provide Earth System Modeling Framework grid remapping tools that enable UV-CDAT to remap the wide variety of grids now used in climate models. This is an important step to help in the visualization, analysis, and inter-comparison of data. These UV-CDAT capabilities have successfully supported climate model evaluation used in many climate applications and projects, including the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.