Predicting Ice Sheet and Climate Evolution at Extreme Scales (PISCEES)

June, 2016

Example scaling plot of a dome shaped test case for the Community Ice Sheet Model2.0 (CISM) created automatically using the performance analysis Land Ice Verification and Validation toolkit version 2.0 (released 7/2016)

PISCEES is a SciDAC Earth System Modeling project with the following goals: (1) To develop and apply robust, accurate, and scalable dynamical cores for ice sheet modeling on structured and unstructured meshes with adaptive refinement, (2) To evaluate ice sheet models using new tools and data sets for verification and validation (V&V) and uncertainty quantification (UQ), (3) to integrate these models and tools into DOE's Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME). Using improved estimates of ice sheet initial conditions, we will simulate decade-to-century-scale evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, running PISCEES ice sheet models both in standalone mode and coupled to ACME. We aim to provide useful, credible predictions, including uncertainty ranges, of future ice-sheet mass loss and resulting changes in climate and sea level.

PISCEES is jointly funded by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the DOE Office of Science. 

Principle Investigator: Steve Price - LANL and Esmond Ng – LBNL, Kate Evans - ORNL site PI

Principal Investigator

Katherine J Evans