award: DOE Cooperative Agreement DE-SC0016162

active: August 2016 – present

principal investigator: John Weyant (Stanford)

see also: PCHES-FRAME press release (Penn State News 1/10/2017)

Supported by funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s MultiSector Dynamics program, PCHES-FRAME seeks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change.

While models are typically operated independently of one another, PCHES-fRAME links a multidisciplinary spanning 9 insitutions to integrate multiple existing models and capture important energy-water-land interactions and feedbacks between natural and human systems. Understanding the connections and interactions among the energy, water, and land systems is crucial to achieving a comprehensive, holistic view for the entire integrated system.

Components of an integrated framework for modeling coupled energy-water-land systems dynamics
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Program Element I

Developing use-inspired, innovative and adaptive frameworks for multi model, multi-scale research and analysis of integrated impacts, adaptations, and vulnerability (I-IAV)

Program Element II

Building foundational, modeling integration methods and capabilities with the development of coupling software, emulators, advanced computational and statistical methods, and translational tools

Program Element III

Establishing best modeling practices, and developing evaluation tools for modeling frameworks via methods comparisons, diagnostics, and integrated uncertainty analyses

Program Element IV

Creating a better organized multi-sectoral/multi-regional/multi-model community of practice by promoting systematic engagement between the IAM, IAV, and ESM communities, advancing team-based methodological developments and integrated modeling experiments in IAM-IAV research