Earth System Documentation


01 About


The Earth System Documentation (ES-DOC) project supplies high-quality tools & services in support of earth system documentation creation, analysis and dissemination.

Open Standards

ES-DOC builds upon emerging earth system information standards such as the Metafor CIM that documents earth system model's and their simulations.

Open Source

ES-DOC is 100% committed to the open source philosophy. All source code is publically available via GitHub under a GPL compliant license.


ES-DOC is an evolution of the Metafor and Earth System Curator projects. Metafor was sponsored by the European Network for Earth System Modelling whilst Earth System Curator was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). More recently ES-DOC has been sponsored by the G8 EX-ARCH project and is now mainly sponsored by the European IS-ENES2 project and NOAA as a reflection of the growing understanding that very large scale dataset archives require a high quality documentation eco-system.

Quick Links

COG GitHub

03 Standards


ES-DOC leverages emerging earth system documentation standards. By building upon such standards ES-DOC aims to be both innovative & sustainable.


The Metafor CIM (Common Information Model) ia a nascent standard capturing a wide range of information relating to the earth system modelling process.

05 Sponsors