The ICES Foundation is a not-for-profit tax-exempt Swiss Foundation that was created in Geneva in the month of January 2010 for the purpose of attracting finances to build and operate a Swiss-based International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES), and to build a global network of partner activities.
The mission of ICES is to integrate the vast pools of knowledge contained within today's multitude of scientific and socio-economic specializations and to develop next generation 'holistic' modeling, simulation and visualizations that accurately depict the medium and long term future direction of planet Earth.
ICES is a project for the common good that will provide enhanced decision support and improved scientific underpinnings to our current and future policy makers, especially with respect to the effects of climate change, extreme weather, geoengineering, resource depletion, fresh water availability, food security, public health & safety, and hazard reduction and mitigation.
The ICES Foundation has been formed as a Public-Private-Partnership and will actively seek close cooperation between multiple domains of society: government, academia, industry, ngos, and all public and private enterprise.
This ambitious project is expected to take decades to fully achieve its mission and will require innovative breakthroughs from a core group of active professionals working in close proximity and drawn from multiple scientific and social disciplines. In addition, the ICES mission will require cooperation with a large number of specialized institutes and research bodies throughout the world, including with the Citizen Science movement in general.
Acting as a work platform for the program, and as soon as financing allows, the ICES project is planning to install and operate one of the ten most powerful computing and advanced visualization centers in the world, and to dedicate the facility to the furtherance of Earth System Science, especially as it relates to our modern society. Until this time, ICES will take advantage of pay-as-you-go high-performance cloud computing facilities as they are progressively developed and become available from various suppliers.
In cooperation with its partners, ICES will also spawn several 'proof of concept' projects in well chosen locations as evidence to society of the value of holistically integrated scientific resources and models. The very first such project uinderway is the Cascadian Resilience Center (CSC), based in Seattle and focused on the Pacific NW region of North America.
As a Swiss Foundation, the ICES Foundation is under the jurisdiction of the Swiss Confederation's Department of Interior (DFI), and has elected the international companies of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and UBS as its auditor and its banker, respectively.
The fundamental concepts contained within the ICES project have been presented and vetted with over 45 leading organizations and conference forums in the last 40 months, including:
The National Research Council, Washington DC, USA, November 19, 2009
Stanford University, MediaX, California, USA, November 24, 2009
CERN, Geneva, January 29, 2010
CC-IN2P3, Lyon, France, March 3, 2010
ICSU Belmont Project, Paris, France, March 9, 2010
ECMWF, Reading, UK, March 17, 2010
James Martin 21 Century School, University of Oxford, UK, March18, 2010
Hadley Centre, UK Met Office, Exeter, UK, March 19, 2010
Beyond Copenhagen Conference, Chapman University, California, USA, April 22, 2010
Earth Systems Simulation & Visualization Roundtable, Santa Cruz, California, USA, May 5, 2010
Climate Research Centre, DKRZ & MPI-M Hamburg, Germany, May 12, 2010
WMO Information Systems (WIS) Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, May 17 2010
ETHZ Extreme Weather Conference, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, June 7, 2010
Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, IPSL, Paris, France, June 10, 2010
GEO Grid Meeting, WMO Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2010
Swiss State Secretariat for Education & Research, Berne, Switzerland, August 30, 2010
European Meteorological Society 10th Annual Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland, September 12, 2010
IGES and the Centre for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, Maryland, USA, Sept 17, 2010
World Resources Simulation Center, San Diego, USA, Sept 20, 2010
Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Putrajaya, Malaysia, Oct 8, 2010
ASPERA 'From the Geosphere to the Cosmos', Paris, Dec 1~2, 2010
New Blue Earth Roundtable, Chateau de Bossey, Geneva, Dec 6~7, 2010
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec 13~17, 2010
European Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria, April 4-8, 2011
Expert Workshop, SEEVCC/RHMSS, Belgrade, April 11~13, 2011
Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Seattle, May 3rd, 2011
The 3rd Sustainable Development Forum, Deyang, China, May 12~14, 2011
The Burlamaqui Club, Geneva, June 28, 2011
Global Governance of Energy and the Environment, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, August 10, 2011
7th International Symposium on Digital Earth, Perth, Australia, August 23-25, 2011
4th Atmospheric Circulation Reconstruction over the Earth (ACRE) Workshop, De Bilt, Holland, Sept 21~23, 2011
The BRICS Countries/Climate Change Roundatable, Geneva, Switzerland, October 13, 2011
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California, October 20, 2011
WCRP Open Science Conference/Poster Session, Denver, Colorado, USA. October 24~28, 2011
Euresearch, Bern, Switzerland. November 7, 2011
IBM Research, Rueschlikon, Switzerland. November 9th, 2011
'Modelling the Whole Earth System I - a challenge whose time has come', Geneva, 22 November 2011
AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, 16~20 February 2012
AGU Science Policy Conference, Washington DC, USA, 1~2 May, 2012
University of Texas, Austin, USA, 4 May, 2012
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, USA, 8 August 2012
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California, USA, 10 August 2012
EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, 10 September 2012
TEDx, University of Warwick, UK, 8 March 2013
GoVirtual HPC Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12 March 2013
GoVirtual HPC Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14 March 2013
Stochastic Modelling for Weather & Climate Prediction, University of Oxford, UK, 18~21 March 2013
Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Shanghai, China, 14 May 2013
National Earthquake Administration, Beijing, China, 15 May 2013
National Admin of Surveying, Mapping & Geoinformation, Beijing, China, 16 May 2013
China University for Mining and Technology, Beijing, China, 17 May 2013
Future in Review Conference, Laguna, California, 22 May 2013
West Summit 2013, Solutions for Planetary Sustainability, NASA Ames, Mountain View, CA, 23 May 2013
Google Inc, Mountain View, California, 28 May 2013
Cascadia Resiliience Center opening reception, Seattle, 31 May 2013
Perspectives on Computational Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 October 2013
'Modelling the Whole Earth System II - a challenge whose time has come!', Geneva, 12 November 2013
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Above is a digital montage created by Tony and Bonnie DeVarco for the ICES Foundation with use of satellite imagery courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory. The inset diagram is a simplified version of the Tree of Life, showing common names of the major groups. This version of the tree is based on the Tree of Life appendix in Life: The Science of Biology, 8th ed., by D. Sadava, H. C. Heller, G. H. Orians, W. K. Purves, and D. M. Hillis (Sinauer Associates and W. H. Freeman, 2008). Other insets include the Sun Dagger and the Analemma. The constellation Pleiades peeks through in the background.