The 'Advanced Earth System Modelling Capacity' (ESM) is a joint project in the research field 'Earth & Environment' funded by the Helmholtz networking fund. The project aims to develop and establish a world-leading, modular and flexible modelling infrastructure to promote a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics of the system Earth under different forcing by fostering advancement in modelling the respective model compartments as well as their interactions across scales. 

In close collaboration with both internal and external partners of the ESM consortium, we aim at improving our current modelling frameworknto overcome limitations in research applied to the understanding of georeservoirs under natural forcing and human activities. 

The final goal is to provide a flexible, performant and massive parallel computational framework to unravel the details of the complex and intrinsically non-linear dynamics of couples thermal, hydraulic, mechanical and lately chemical THM(C), processes.

The employment of state of the art computing concepts will also permit to quantify across scale feedbacks among these processes under disparate temporal (from human time scale, seconds to years, up to the longer geological, kilo to millions of years, time scales); and spatial scales (from processes as occuring at the grain boundaries to the km length scale of typically observed shear zones in the crust and mantle domains).

A second stage of the project proposal is dedicated to the integration of the developed modelling kernel into a larger geosphere context (frontier simulations) with the final goal to provide a modularity to the approach that will permit, for the first time, to interface such modelling framework to the other earth system modules. Here focus is to provide an efficient tool to address challenges related to georesources, emplacement and evolution under changing natural conditions (including extreme events) and related hazards.

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Prof Olaf Kolditz (UFZ)

Dr Thomas Kallbacher (UFZ)

Dr Oliver Heidbach, Section 2.6

Prof Maik Thomas and Dr Volker Klemann, Section 1.5

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