CMCC (the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change) is a research center funded by the Italian Ministries of the Environment and Land Protection, of Education, University and Research, and of Economy and Finance, that aims at furthering knowledge in the field of climatic variability, including causes and consequences, through the development of high-resolution simulations and impact models. CMCC gathers the know-how from its funding Institutions (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - INGV, Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, Università del Salento, Università degli Studi del Sannio, Centro Italiano di Ricerche Aerospaziali - CIRA, Università Cà Foscari Venezia) focusing on climate change issues and applications for environmental management. The mission of CMCC is also to encourage and foster collaboration among universities, national and international research institutions, local institutions and industrial sectors. CMCC represents at the national and international scale, an institutional point of reference for decision makers, public institutions, as well as private and public companies seeking technical-scientific support. CMCC brings together highly qualified experts from different climate research areas in a single unique institution. The following six research Divisions work together in an interdisciplinary manner: Numerical Applications and Scenarios (ANS); Climate Impacts and Policies (CIP); Impacts on Soil and Coast (ISC); Impacts on Agriculture, Forest, and Natural Ecosystems (IAFENT); Scientific Computing and Operations (SCO); Climate Services Division (SERC).
The Scientific Computing and Operations (SCO) Division of CMCC carries out Research & Development activities on Computational Sciences applied to Climate Change. In particular, the division works both on the optimization and the parallelization of numerical models for climate change simulations and on the design and implementation of open source solutions addressing efficient access, analysis, and mining of large volumes of scientific data in the climate change domain. In this regard, CMCC provides a big data analytics framework (Ophidia), targeting parallel data analysis on large volumes of scientific/multidimensional data (e.g. multi-terabytes order datasets).
CMCC is member of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES). It will be representing the ENES CMIP5 data through its data node deployed at the CMCC Supercomputing Center. More specifically, CMCC publishes/provides about 100TB of climate simulations datasets in the CMIP5 federated data archive, which is about 2.5PB totally. CMCC is also part of the ESGF development team, working on the monitoring infrastructure (in the context of the EU FP7 IS-ENES2 project) as well as on parallel data analytics frameworks and federated identity management aspects (through respectively the ESGF CWT and IdEA Working Groups). The ESGF collaboration (led by LLNL/PCMDI and involving CMCC and other 10 institutions world-wide) was recently awarded in the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) Far West Regional competition and honored as an “outstanding partnership” serving the data-driven needs of the climate research community (about 27K users are currently registered in ESGF).
Finally, CMCC is partner of the EU FP7 projects IS-ENES2, EUBRAZILCC, CLIP-C and other national and international projects (e.g the G8 ExArch), working on scientific data management infrastructures, Science Gateways, server-side data analysis and PaaS for data analytics to address climate change use cases.