Integrating and managing services for the climate modelling community: interview to Sandro Fiore

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The European Network for Earth System Modelling, or ENES, is a scientific community including university departments, research and computer centres, meteorological services and industrial partners. Established in 2001, the network aims at helping in the development and evaluation of state-of-the-art climate and Earth system models, encourage exchanges of software and results, help in the development of high-performance computing facilities dedicated to long high-resolution, multi-model ensemble integrations.

CMCC researcher Sandro Fiore, ASC Division Director, presented the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) and the ENES Climate Analytics Service (ECAS)  in an interview published in the first issue of the EOSC-hub Magazine. Besides the ENES Climate Analytics Service (ECAS) he also introduced the related user-oriented virtual research environment called “ECAS Lab”.
All these activities have been developed in the framework of the EOSC-hub project.

“ECAS”, explains Sandro Fiore in the interview, “is one of the EOSC-Hub Thematic Services. It aims to address several challenges, by integrating a set of operational products that enable a paradigm shift for climate analytics. ECAS aims to reduce the need for local data download, by relying on server-side and parallel processing, and to reduce the effort of maintaining client-side tools, by managing a set of aspects on the server side, thus easing the demand on the clients. ECAS also reduces the need for the user to orchestrate complex workflows, by taking advantage of the workflow capabilities to run very complex experiments and take the coordination burden off the users, providing an end-to-end workflow experience.”

The CMCC is involved in the process as partner of the EOSC-hub project and, as explains S. Fiore, hosting “an ECAS instance that is intended to serve the climate community, through the ECAS Lab virtual environment. ECAS Lab [a user-friendly, scientific data analysis environment that integrates data and analysis tools to support scientists in their daily research activities] will offer user interfaces, such as Jupyter, to make the execution of analytics experiments on large climate datasets straightforward and user-friendly.”

ECAS is currently offered by the sites at Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and the Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ). To access the ECAS service or to learn more about the different datasets available, please follow the instructions for registration and access at the two sites: CMCC and DKRZ.

The EOSC-hub Magazine is a publication of the EOSC-hub project, edited to showcase major results and achievements of the project, collaborations with other initiatives and updates from the communities. The magazine also provides an overview of the latest highlights from the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) landscape.

Read the integral version of the interview to Sandro Fiore “EOSC in practice: ENES”.

Read and download the first issue of the EOSC-hub magazine.

The EOSC-hub project website.

The ENES portal.

The IS-ENES2 project website.

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