Articles | Volume 5, issue 6
Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 1493–1500, 2012

Special issue: Community software to support the delivery of CMIP5

Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 1493–1500, 2012

Development and technical paper 28 Nov 2012

Development and technical paper | 28 Nov 2012

Describing Earth system simulations with the Metafor CIM

B. N. Lawrence1,2,3, V. Balaji4, P. Bentley5, S. Callaghan2,3, C. DeLuca6, S. Denvil7, G. Devine1,3, M. Elkington5, R. W. Ford8, E. Guilyardi1,3,7, M. Lautenschlager9, M. Morgan7, M.-P. Moine10, S. Murphy6, C. Pascoe2,3, H. Ramthun9, P. Slavin8, L. Steenman-Clark1,3, F. Toussaint9, A. Treshansky6, and S. Valcke10 B. N. Lawrence et al.
  • 1Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
  • 2Centre for Environmental Data Archival, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
  • 3National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Natural Environment Research Council, UK
  • 4NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • 5Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK
  • 6NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 7CNRS, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Paris, France
  • 8School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
  • 9Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, Hamburg, Germany
  • 10CERFACS: Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique, Toulouse, France

Abstract. The Metafor project has developed a common information model (CIM) using the ISO19100 series formalism to describe numerical experiments carried out by the Earth system modelling community, the models they use, and the simulations that result. Here we describe the mechanism by which the CIM was developed, and its key properties. We introduce the conceptual and application versions and the controlled vocabularies developed in the context of supporting the fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). We describe how the CIM has been used in experiments to describe model coupling properties and describe the near term expected evolution of the CIM.