Seminar: International Consortium Developing the Next Generation Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) Distributed Data Infrastructure

Apr. 11, 2023

1:00 – 2:00 pm MDT


Speaker: Dr. Forrest M. Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Lab



The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) is an international consortium that develops, deploys, and maintains software infrastructure and the operational global peer-to-peer network of enterprise data systems that employ the software for the management, dissemination, and analysis of Earth system model output and related forcing, reanalysis, downscaled, and observational data. Primarily supporting the Working Group on Coupled Modelling’s Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP), ESGF infrastructure catalogs, stores and delivers Earth system and climate model output to the scientific community for research and analyses that commonly contribute to assessments produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The ESGF consortium is modernizing the software architecture for improved performance and resilience, and will incrementally deploy new software tools and capabilities on expanding storage and analysis infrastructure to support research community needs for CMIP7 and beyond. An overview of the US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded ESGF2-US Project will be presented, and related DOE open data activities will be described.


Forrest M. Hoffman is a Distinguished Computational Earth System Scientist and the Group Leader for the Computational Earth Sciences Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He develops and applies Earth system models (ESMs) to investigate the global carbon cycle and feedbacks between biogeochemical cycles and the climate system. In addition, Forrest applies data mining methods using high performance computing to problems in landscape ecology, ecosystem modeling, remote sensing, and large-scale climate data analytics. He is particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to explore the influence of terrestrial and marine ecosystems on hydrology and climate. Forrest is also a Joint Faculty Member in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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