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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

Getting started

  • To search by dataset attributes across all collections click here or use the "More search options" link above.
  • For a free-text search, type some text in the box above and click "Go".

Data access

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, the following collections require group registration using the link provided:

NCI users

Users with access to NCI systems such as raijin or VDI can also access these collections on the global Lustre filesystem:

Collection Location
Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5
Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment
Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project
Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 3



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: Sept. 24, 2018, 2:50 p.m. by Admin User
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