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Welcome to the NCI ESGF Node

The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) consists of federated data centres across the globe that enable access to the largest archive of climate data world-wide. This portal allows you to find, select and download data files from the federation.

The NCI ESGF node currently hosts Australian produced data for the following collections:

  • CMIP5
  • GeoMIP
  • PMIP3

Additionally, we have locally replicated copies of data collections that have been published on other ESGF nodes.

Local Data Collections

Generally, data is publicly available for download and can be accessed without a login. However, some projects may require that you login first (you'll be prompted if this is required). If you've already created an account on another ESGF node then you can use that without needing to register again. Otherwise, you can register for a new account here. Additionally, some collections require registration as indicated in the table below.

Users with access to NCI systems such as raijin or VDI can also access these collections on the global Lustre filesystem in the location(s) shown in the final column.

Collection Access Registration NCI Filesystem
Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6
None required /g/data/oi10/replicas
Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5

CMIP5 Research
CMIP5 Commercial

Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment

CORDEX Research
CORDEX Commercial

Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project

CMIP5 Research
CMIP5 Commercial

Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 3

CMIP5 Research
CMIP5 Commercial




For information about how to use ESGF have a look at the User Tutorials and ESGF FAQ.

If you can't find what you're looking for then please contact ESGF user support:

For enquiries relating specifically to technical issues with the NCI ESGF node please contact the helpdesk:


Last Update: April 2, 2019, 10:40 a.m. by Admin User
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