IS-ENES is the distributed e-infrastructure of models, model data and metadata of the ENES community and it has been funded by European projects starting in 2009 up until 2022, with IS-ENES3 being its current funded program. ENES activities support the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) coordinated global and regional simulations as well as contribute to the standards for data and metadata required for WCRP’s international repository – the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF). This community is a key player in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and provides the multi-model climate projections on which EU mitigation and adaptation policies are built. In this respect, the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP), as well as the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), are the most significant examples, since they are of central relevance to IS-ENES3 and WCRP in the IPCC assessments.
The ENES community is facing new challenges as a result of increased model complexity and the availability of emerging computing platforms. Moreover, new multi-disciplinary audiences need access to the ever-increasing volumes of data for addressing climate change societal challenges.
IS-ENES3 tackles these challenges through a distributed e-infrastructure of shared models components, tools and data infrastructures.