Kitware Awarded Department of Energy Research Grant to aid Access to Data Provided by the Ongoing Efforts of the U.S. Global Change Research Program

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The proposed application called ClimatePipes will provide unprecedented data access, manipulation and analysis of community climate models

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“ClimatePipes will provide access to data that can have a real impact on global climate changes." - Berk Geveci, Director of Scientific Computing at Kitware

Kitware has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to create analysis tools with easy, simplified access to computer model outputs resulting from long-term, high-resolution, climate change projections performed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Kitware’s proposed application, ClimatePipes, will facilitate access to the data for non-researchers, as opposed to a more technical audience. Effective analysis in climate science relies on having the appropriate cyberinfrastructure to enable people to discover, access, manipulate, and visualize large and complex datasets of interest. Facilitating widespread accessibility of this data can have a significant impact on commercial, educational, and government activities.

“ClimatePipes will provide access to data that can have a real impact on global climate changes. It will allow the public to better appreciate climate change and enable industries to use climate data in a variety of unforeseen applications,” said Berk Geveci, director of scienfitic computing at Kitware and principle investigator on this SBIR grant. “Our solution aims to be the platform for user-friendly data access, but not to replace high-end analysis tools for scientists. We are looking forward to a tool that is very simple, intuitive, and that can be used by non-researchers and non-programmers.”

By reaching non-programmers, Kitware’s ClimatePipes will create mechanisms (with a focus on cyberinfrastructure) to better enable the commercial use of climate data. In the Phase I effort, Kitware will create a prototype application that demonstrates simple data access and manipulation, and basic analysis, visualization, and data provenance, which are all necessary features for more successful and ongoing DOE climate projects. This work is supported by the Department of Energy under award number DE-SC0006493.

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Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open source software and state-of-the-art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems. Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in the areas of visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are top academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include software support, consulting, custom application development and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information, please visit


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