A service for the national ESM community

Global environmental change requires a step change in our capability to simulate, understand, and predict the Earth system and its impact on society. Earth system modelling (ESM) can benefit tremendously from access to exascale high-performance computing (HPC), expected to be available to the European and German communities in the mid-2020s.

The push toward establishing a national ESM strategy arose as a bottom-up initiative from the research community, in consultation with PT-DLR and organised by the German Climate Consortium (DKK).

DKRZ, as a national institute to support the German ESM community, is neutral towards individual scientific research at the ESM community’s institutions and offers its resources and services to all climate researchers. Partnering with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) at Forschungszentrum Jülich will allow to make best use of current and upcoming HPC-systems in the (pre-) exascale era, by providing close vicinity to all HPC matters and reasonable involvement in the model development itself.

The project receives fundings from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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General information about the natESM-project, aims and scope, structure, timeline and community.


Workshops, trainings, hackathons or conferences - relevant information for the ESM community to learn with and from other scientists, modellers and experts.


The natESM-project is offering a number of services: HPC introduction and training, community report and request editing.