Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy

Data Center Description
The Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
(PCMDI) was established in 1989 at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory (LLNL) in the San Francisco Bay area. Our
staff includes research scientists, computer scientists, and
support personnel. There are several means of communicating with
PCMDI.

Mission:

PCMDI's principal mission is to develop improved methods and
tools for the diagnosis,validation and intercomparison of global
climate models (GCMs) (what we call a climate modeling
infrastructure), and to engage in research on a wide variety of
outstanding problems in climate modeling and analysis.

The need for standards in both modeling and analysis has become
increasingly apparent as more complex models are developed,
while the disagreement among models, and between models and
observations, remains significant and poorly understood. The
nature and causes of these disagreements must be accounted for
in a systematic fashion before models can be confidently used
for climate sensitivity and predictability studies in support of
global change research.

Website: http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/

[Summary provided by PCMDI]