GAEA is located in Oak Ridge, TN and operated by the National Climate-Computing Research Center (NCRC) The NCRC is a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration. It is located within the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at ORNL’s National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS).
The Gaea System consists of two HPE Cray XC40 supercomputers and an HPE Cray EX supercomputer.
NOAA uses Gaea to study the earth's notoriously complex climate from a variety of angles. Gaea powers research into the relationship between climate change and extreme weather, such as hurricanes. Gaea enables scientists to better understand the relationship between the atmosphere’s chemical makeup and climate and assists to unlock the climate’s role played by the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of the globe.