A Community Approach to Earth Systems Modeling Journal Article uri icon



  • Earth science often deals with complex systems spanning multiple disciplines. These systems are best described by integrated models built with contributions from specialists of many backgrounds. But building integrated models can be difficult; modular and hierarchical approaches help to manage the increasing complexity of these modeling systems, but there is a need for framework and integration methods and standards to support modularity. Complex models require many data and generate lots of output, so software and standards are required for data handling, model output, data distribution services, and user interfaces. Complex modeling systems must be efficient to be useful, so they require contributions by software engineers to ensure efficient architectures, accurate numerics, and implementation on fast computers. Further, integrated model systems can be difficult to learn and use unless adequate documentation, training, and support are provided.

publication date

  • March 30, 2010

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • March 24, 2014 11:14 AM

Full Author List

  • Voinov AA; DeLuca C; Hood RR; Peckham S; Sherwood CR; Syvitski JPM

author count

  • 6

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0096-3941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2324-9250

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 117

end page

  • 118


  • 91


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