NASA Audio File

NASA Goddard Debuts New Climate Simulation Center
06.03.10
 
NASA, a world leader in the development of climate models, is opening an amazing, updated supercomputing center that will allow scientists to simulate and better understand Earth’s climate and weather. With a supercomputer able to perform a staggering 160 trillion or more calculations per second and an enormous 17- by 6-foot video hyperwall, this new facility will allow us to view our complex planet with unparalleled clarity and see just how model projections are beginning to match up with real world events.

For more info: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate-sim-center.html

Mike Bosilovich - Meteorologist, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, GSFC



CUT 1 (:36) -- "A model starts from a very large computer program, but it is all gauged by what we know about the Earth and how the Earth’s atmosphere works. So that we have temperatures we have precipitation we have the sun radiating on to the earth. We have the earth radiated back to space. We take all this information and the model produces the fields that we can predict in to the future and get model predictions."
› Play Now

CUT 2 (1:46) -- "We are looking at the individual weather events and we're building a long time series of those weather events and collecting them over a long period of time. So the idea is then that we can build a record of what the climate looks like based on weather events. In fact data assimilation is really mostly about the weather. But we can start doing reanalysis and start understanding climate better the longer time period we use."
› Play Now

Phil Webster - Chief, Computational & Information Sciences & Technology Offc., GSFC

CUT 1 (:20) -- "The exciting thing about these particular machines is that they are based on the halem processors by Intel. And those processors are twice as fast as the previous generation machines. So we can get something twice as fast and we can provide the scientists computing power to double their capability to support the really important stuff that’s being done with weather and climate research."
› Play Now