|European Earth System Models and their environment|
Simulation results can be interpreted only in the light of the simulation software used. Models do not only represent and embody the underlying mental model, they are also tools to test and analyze new hypotheses.
Consistent information on models as to highlight their similarities and differences, as well as evaluation criteria and variables as to estimate their applicability range, are thus essential building blocks of the scientific dialog.
To describe the essential details of model, experiment and simulation leading to each resulting dataset, the METAFOR project developed the Common Information Model (CIM), a comprehensive metadata scheme.
IS-ENES collects and provides information on the European Earth System Models, on the ocean modelling platform NEMO, and on commonly used software tools and offers a blend of support services on models and modelling tools.