eSTICC is a Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) funded by NordForsk. eSTICC stands for “eScience Tools for Investigating Climate Change at High Northern Latitudes” and aims for a more accurate description of the high-latitude feedback processes in the climate system by improving the eScience tools for the climate research community.

eSTICC has pooled together researchers from 13 top institutes in the Nordic countries working in the fields of climate and/or eScience to improve eScience tools for climate research. Specifically, eSTICC will develop tools needed for more efficient use of experimental and model data, and improve the computational efficiency and coding standards of Earth System Models (ESMs) and tools for inverse modeling of emission fluxes.

eSTICC’s major objectives are to:

  • integrate the data and computational tools from the existing NCoEs: CRAICC, SVALI and DEFROST, to further strengthen the leading Nordic position in climate data hosting.
  • facilitate the information flows between experimentalists and modelers.
  • improve the handling and processing of the large measurement and model data sets available from several relevant databases.
  • enhance inverse modeling tools that are used to determine emission fluxes.
  • integrate Nordic Earth System Modeling by exploiting the multi-model approach.
  • develop more efficient process parameterizations for ESMs.
  • challenge the competing demands of model complexity versus spatial resolution by experimenting with model resolution versus complexity in the present Nordic ESMs, with a focus on Arctic phenomena.
  • improve the efficiency in the utilization of computing resources by porting and optimizing code to new and emerging platforms, as well as by utilizing novel algorithms to increase scalability of modeling software, thereby enabling larger and more accurate models.