EC-Earth model development

Members of the SeRC Climate Community have made key contributions to the development tuning and validation of the latest model release.

EC-Earth ( is a state-of-the-art climate model developed collaboratively by 27 institutions around Europe. This distributed, community-driven model development approach is unique—other leading climate models are developed at single institutions in a centralized manner—and can be seen as a genuine e-science innovation. Three members of the EC-Earth core development team are also members of the SeRC Climate Community and have made key contributions to the development tuning and validation of version 3, the latest model release. Part of this effort was the development of a dedicated web portal ( to facilitate collaborative development of the model across the various institutions. Other members of the SeRC Climate Community are currently developing a paleoclimate version of EC-Earth, enabling last-millennium and Last Glacial Maximum simulations.


• Hazeleger, W. Wang X, Severijns C, Stefanescu S, Yang S, Wang X, Wyser K, Dutra E, Baldasano JM, Bintanja R, Bougeault P, Caballero R, Ekman AML, Christensen JH, van den Hurk B, Jimenez P, Jones C, Kallberg P, Koenigk T, McGrath R, Miranda P, van Noije T, Palmer T, Parodi JA, Schmith T, Selten F, Storelvmo T, Sterl A, Tapamo H, Vancoppenolle M, Viterbo P, Willen U (2010) "EC-Earth: A seamless Earth system prediction approach in action."  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91, (2010) 1357-1363.

• Hazeleger, W., X. Wang, C. Severijns, S. Ştefănescu, R. Bintanja, A. Sterl, K. Wyser et al. (2012) "EC-Earth V2. 2: description and validation of a new seamless earth system prediction model." Climate dynamics 39, : 2611-2629.