National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory (GFDL)

Challenge

Climate change is a pressing topic of political and policy debate worldwide. To guarantee that global climate change is properly understood and addressed, the United Nations (UN) commissioned the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to objectively assess studies and research from the scientific community. The IPCC relies on laboratories in multiple countries to comprehend the complex problem of climate change. Predominant among these laboratories is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).

Solution

Engility scientists are at the forefront of innovation in climate modeling—enhancing GFDL’s complex climate simulation codes and providing deep computational insight, helping Government researchers to better model extremely complicated atmospheric interactions. Engility performs a myriad of scientific computing and high performance computing (HPC) support tasks, including climate model development, executing simulation experiments, visualizing simulation results, and delivering very high-volume simulation results/data to the science community. In addition, Engility develops and enhances the core modeling framework that takes advantage of the large-scale HPC platform. This framework provides a means for research scientists to integrate GFDL’s atmospheric and oceanographic models, thus creating the application environment needed to address the central scientific questions about climate.

Benefits/Achievements

Engility scientists are creating innovative techniques to tackle some of climate modeling’s most difficult challenges. Our efforts provide better models, scientific analysis, and predictions that can reach policymakers more quickly and allow them to make informed decisions on the future of our planet.