Our specialissue of IEEE Software, for Nov/Dec 2011, is out! The title for the issue is Climate Change: Science and Software, and the guest editors were me, Paul Edward, Balaji, and Reinhard Budich.
There’s a great editorial by Forrest Shull, reflecting on interviews he conducted with Robert Jacob at Argonne National Labs and Gavin Schmidt at NASA GISS. The papers in the issue are:
- Guest Editors’ Introduction: Climate Change – Science and Software
- Clear Climate Code: Rewriting Legacy Science Software for Clarity by Nicholas Barnes and David Jones (Climate Code Foundation);
- Managing Software Complexity and Variability in Coupled Climate Models by Spencer Rugaber, Rocky Dunlap, Leo Mark and Sameer Ansari, (Georgia Tech);
- Software Testing and Verification in Climate Model Development by Thomas Clune (NASA GSFC) and Ricky Rood (U Michigan)
- Enabling Open Development Methodologies in Climate Change Assessment Modeling, by Josh Introne, Robert Laubacher, and Tom Malone (MIT).
- Point/Counterpoint: Should Climate Models be Open Source? by Isaac Held and David Randall
Unfortunately most of the content is behind a paywall, although you can read our guest editors introduction in full here. I’m working on making some of the other content more freely available too.