1Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
2Centre for Environmental Data Archival, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
3National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Natural Environment Research Council, UK
4NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
5Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK
6NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, USA
7CNRS, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Paris, France
8School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK
9Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, Hamburg, Germany
10CERFACS: Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique, Toulouse, France
Received: 22 May 2012 – Discussion started: 22 Jun 2012
Abstract. The Metafor project has developed a common information model (CIM) using the ISO19100 series formalism to describe numerical experiments carried out by the Earth system modelling community, the models they use, and the simulations that result. Here we describe the mechanism by which the CIM was developed, and its key properties. We introduce the conceptual and application versions and the controlled vocabularies developed in the context of supporting the fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). We describe how the CIM has been used in experiments to describe model coupling properties and describe the near term expected evolution of the CIM.
Revised: 11 Oct 2012 – Accepted: 26 Oct 2012 – Published: 28 Nov 2012
Lawrence, B. N., Balaji, V., Bentley, P., Callaghan, S., DeLuca, C., Denvil, S., Devine, G., Elkington, M., Ford, R. W., Guilyardi, E., Lautenschlager, M., Morgan, M., Moine, M.-P., Murphy, S., Pascoe, C., Ramthun, H., Slavin, P., Steenman-Clark, L., Toussaint, F., Treshansky, A., and Valcke, S.: Describing Earth system simulations with the Metafor CIM, Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 1493-1500, doi:10.5194/gmd-5-1493-2012, 2012.