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.

Our vision is to create a world-leading, multiscale, seamless Earth system modelling system, usable in research, operational applications, training, and education. The modelling system considers German expertise, does not exclude international components but avoids dependencies and has a fit-for-purpose transparent governance structure.

To provide such a system, we need to…

  • Share national resources and accelerate scientific and technological developments
  • Establish a new level of sustainable institutional collaboration to develop this system
  • Build a flexible infrastructure enabling configurations that allow resolution, length of simulation, complexity, and ensemble size to be tailored to a specific scientific question or application.

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

Who we are

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

What we offer

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


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