High-performance Earth system modeling with NASA/GSFC’s Land Information System


The Land Information System software (LIS; http://lis.gsfc.nasa.gov/, 2006) has been developed to support high-performance land surface modeling and data assimilation. LIS integrates parallel and distributed computing technologies with modern land surface modeling capabilities, and establishes a framework for easy interchange of subcomponents, such as land surface physics, input/output conventions, and data assimilation routines. The software includes multiple land surface models that can be run as a multi-model ensemble on global or regional domains with horizontal resolutions ranging from 2.5° to 1 km. The software may execute serially or in parallel on various high-performance computing platforms. In addition, the software has well-defined, standard-conforming interfaces and data structures to interface and interoperate with other Earth system models. Developed with the support of an Earth science technology office (ESTO) computational technologies project round~3 cooperative agreement, LIS has helped advance NASA’s Earth–Sun division’s software engineering principles and practices, while promoting portability, interoperability, and scalability for Earth system modeling. LIS was selected as a co-winner of NASA’s 2005 software of the year award.

DOI: 10.1007/s11334-007-0028-x

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@article{PetersLidard2007HighperformanceES, title={High-performance Earth system modeling with NASA/GSFC’s Land Information System}, author={Christa D. Peters-Lidard and Paul R. Houser and Yudong Tian and Sujay V. Kumar and James Geiger and S. Olden and L. Lighty and B. Doty and P. Dirmeyer and J. Adams and K. Mitchell and Eric F. Wood and J. Sheffield}, journal={Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering}, year={2007}, volume={3}, pages={157-165} }