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February18, 2009 | The Community Climate System Model has received a 2009 Colorado Governor's Award for its research impact on climate science. Governor Bill Ritter presented the award to Peter Gent (ESSL/CGD) on behalf of the CCSM community during a reception at the Governor's Residence in Denver on February 17.
Run on NCAR’s powerful supercomputers, CCSM experiments provide insights into many aspects of the Earth's climate system by simulating the complex influences of the oceans, atmosphere, land surface, and sea ice on global climate. The simulations allow scientists to project how temperatures and precipitation are likely to change in response to continued increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.
The CCSM has been developed over the past decade at NCAR through a large collaboration of scientists from across the research community. The model uses open source code and data, making it freely available for use by a variety of entities. CCSM projections are among those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Peter, who serves as CCSM principal investigator at NCAR, notes that "This award not only recognizes the significance of climate models to our understanding of climate science, but also the work done by scientists and support staff at NCAR and in the community to improve the accuracy of the CCSM climate projections."
Other Colorado-based federal research laboratories receiving the 2009 Governor’s Award are: the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder; JILA, Boulder; the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden; the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder; and the USDA National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins.