The Computational Modelling Systems (CMS) Team

The goal of the ARCCSS CMS team is to aid researchers in the Australian Climate Science community with their computational and data management needs.

Requesting support from the CMS is easy: just email us at We can provide support with climate simulations, data management, scripting and visualisation.

Team Members

If you have recently joined the Centre or need a refresh, please check our Induction page to get you started.

To learn about the new models, tools, datasets and more available, go check out the News page.

NCI Guides

The Centre of Excellence makes use of the computing facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) for running models and analysing climate data. Considering these are shared resources, we have put together guidelines and information for the Centre's researchers to encourage a respectful usage of the facilities.

NCI News


Data Management
Using the NCI Cloud

Citation Guide
Interpolating NetCDF files to different grids

Models we support

Unified Model: The UK Met Office's atmospheric model
MOM: GFDL's Modular Ocean Model
CABLE: The CSIRO land-surface model
AusCOM: ACCESS ocean model
GOLD: GFDL ocean model
JULES: Joint UK Land Environment Simulator
WRF: Weather Research & Forecasting model
Coupled Models

Typical Errors

Typical UM Errors and how to solve them.

Experiment List

List of experiments that the ARC CSS has performed

Sharing Scripts

The CMS team maintains a public git repository to store useful functions and scripts. This space is also free to be used by researchers within the CoE and CCRC, it can be found at, you can also check the Github Guides page for tips on how to share your work with Git.

A Mixing (MX) Oceanographic Toolbox (in Matlab) has been developed for the EM-APEX float data by a group including Amelie Meyer and Helen Phillips. You will find the toolbox here. The instructions to use the toolbox are in the file MX_library_report.pdf in the toolbox. When using this toolbox in publications, please include this citation:
Meyer, A., H. E. Phillips, B. M. Sloyan, and K. L. Polzin: Mixing (MX) Oceanographic Toolbox for the EM-APEX* float data applying shear-strain fine scale parameterisation, 69pp, Inst. for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Technical Report 2014/01, August 2014.

Training Materials and Resources

A wide range of learning materials for computational science are available on the internet, in addition the CMS team has developed a number of training resources of our own. For introductory training we recommend the courses offered by Software Carpentry (available as online videos), they offer basic courses in Python as well as software development concepts like testing and program design.

CMS Training Courses
CMS Youtube channel

Programming in Fortran
Programming in Python
TotalView Debugging
Hybrid MPI Programs

Interview questions for Early Career Researchers

COE Video-conference System


Work in Progress

Here is a list of pages that contain work in progress. The pages below are not really intended for public, but to keep track of what we are doing.

Other links

NCI Home
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
CMS scripts repository
ACCESS model home page


Recent Changes

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