GSWP3 data

  • There is a new version for this dataset in the CABLE collection (wd9), the older version is considered obsolete now, it will be still available for a month in /g/data/ua8/GSWP3_obsolete and then deleted. We do not manage anymore this dataset so questions need to be directed to Bernard Pak (CSIRO).

OSTIA data

  • We are stopping updates of this dataset since the users who requested originally do not need it anymore, if you are still using this data please contact us.



  • The Unified Post-Processing system (UPP) version 3.2 is now installed at NCI. It resides within the WRFV_3.9.1.1 directory but can be used with outputs from older WRF versions. For details on where to find it and how to compile it, refer to this page.

Anaconda environment updates

CMS are changing the way we manage our Anaconda environments at NCI (Raijin, VDI and accessdev). To date we've been updating the environments every week, to improve stability of the environments we're going to be creating a 'stable' version
of each environment which gets updated once per quarter.

How you use the environments will stay the same, you can still use:
    module use /g/data3/hh5/public/modules
    module load conda/analysis3 # or conda/analysis27
and get access to a wide variety of climate and weather focused Python libraries.

We'll still be installing new packages on request, you can ask for them by emailing us at, but so that the 'stable' environments are not affected new packages will be installed into the environments 'analysis3-unstable' and 'analysis27-unstable'. During the quarterly updates all of the new packages added during the past quarter will be added to the 'stable' environments.

As the number of packages being installed into our Anaconda environments is getting quite large reducing the update frequency will allow us to more thouroughly test the interactions between the different packages and ensure we've got a stable platform for research.


  • Global Precipitation Climatology Project - daily precipitation analysis from surface and satellite measurements for 1997 onwards. Details in the dataset page .


  • Global Satellite Mapping Precipitation re-analysis-gauge product is available in ua8. Details in the dataset page

MERRA-2 citation update

  • NASA has added DOIs and a citation for each of the MERRA-2 products. Details in the dataset page.


GIMMS AVHRR Global NDVI 1/12-degree

  • Update: added files for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Data is in /g/data/ua8/gimmsndvi3g/<YYYYs_new>/<files>

UM 10.6 GA7.1 n96 'HighResMIP'



  • U,V and T operative analysis data for January 2016 is now available both as model level and pressure level (also Q) as grib and netcdf files. This data is provided as an example of ERA5. We'll be downloading also ENDA data for the same month. Data is in /g/data/ub4/era5-test/<format>/oper/<levels>/<files>

New Wiki Pages

Training material

  • All the material from the training day can be found here.

Unified Model Newsletter



  • WRF v3.9.1.1 has now been ported to NCI. See here.

ACCESS Science Day

CMIP5 clean up of extra copies

  • As announced to anyone in ua6 by e-mail, we have initiated a clean up of extra copies of CMIP5 data. The process and a list of the redundant directories that eventually will be removed are available on the NCI confluence site

Updates to CMORPH data

  • We checked the entire datasets for errors in files, we also updated the collection that now has data up to July 2017 included
  • The files for Sep 07 2003 and Jan 22 2014 were updated because they contained empty arrays.

Downloading from Met Office Archives (MASS/MOOSE)

  • We are now able to download model outputs from the UK Met Office MASS archive system on request - Downloading from MASS

Conda Updates


  • There were some issues with broken packages installed in the shared conda environment from August 31st to September 4th. We apologise for any inconvenience and are working on a robust testing solution to ensure this does not happen again in the future



  • NOAA is changing the delivery mode of OISST and also switching to netcdf4 format. I'm currently reviewing our download procedure and we'll finally have a new raw and modified version for this data. To help to transition the v2-0_modifed version will stay in place.

WRF v3.9

  • The compiling scripts for WRF and WPS have been revamped. They now accept command-line arguments for customisation rather than requiring users to hack into the script. See details on the installation page for v3.9. If you would like more command-line options that's easy to add so please tell CMS about it.

PyPI publishing example

River runoff regridding tools


  • Repeat Year Forcing (RYF) derivative datasets of the Japanese Reanalysis for Ocean Model forcing (JRA55-do) are available under the same directory as JRA55-do. In addition there are regridded runoff data for different MOM ocean configurations available in ua8. Contact for more information.

Conda Updates

STASH and Rose


ERA-Interim for WRF

  • Bug information: The information on how to use the ERA-Interim dataset in WPS on the wiki (here) and the automatic script wps-era referenced on that page were erroneous. This code and instructions would potentially create erroneous fields along the coast lines. These instructions and script have now been updated. Please update your code and regenerate your WRF input files if you have used wps-era


  • Bug information: some files in the TRMM dataset at NCI got corrupted. The dataset has now been repaired and more stringent tests have been added to help avoid corrupted files in the future.


  • A version of ACCESS1.0 coupled to KPP using OASIS3-MCT was finalised. UMUI jobs vatae (N96 resolution) and vaski (N48) can be used as a basis. Further documentation in ACCESS-MOSES-KPP.


CMIP induction and ARCCSSive training

  • We added to the NCI online training website a CMIP induction which includes training on how to use the ARCCSSive python module. To access the course use your NCI account to login here


  • JRA-55 based surface dataset for driving ocean-sea ice models, JRA55-do v 0.8 and v1.1 are now available in /g/data1/ua8/JRA55-do/v0-8 (v1-1). This dataset is covered by a license and it's not officially published yet, so you shouldn't re-distribute it. Please, follow Terms of Use available in the main directory.

WRF v3.9

  • The latest version of WRF (v3.9) is now available on Raijin. Please find detailed instructions here

Conda Updates


    • wrf-python A collection of diagnostic and interpolation routines for use with output from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF-ARW) Model.
    • pyferret PyFerret is a Python module wrapping Ferret. The pyferret module provides Python functions so Python users can easily take advantage of the Ferret's abilities to retrieve, manipulate, visualize, and save data. (Python 2.7 only)
    • SymPy SymPy is a Python library for symbolic mathematics. It aims to become a full-featured computer algebra system (CAS) while keeping the code as simple as possible in order to be comprehensible and easily extensible. SymPy is written entirely in Python.


Data collections Updates

  • Expansion of MERRA-2 collection at NCI with the inst3d_3d_asm_Np data. View MERRA-2 page

UM10.6 GA7


module use /g/data3/hh5/public/modules
module load lrose

Conda Updates

  • Several packages have been added to the public Anaconda environments

    • metpy: MetPy is a collection of tools in Python for reading, visualizing and performing calculations with weather data.
    • windspharm: windspharm is a Python package for performing computations on global wind fields in spherical geometry.
    • python-cdo: Python bindings for CDO
    • pyart: The Python ARM Radar Toolkit
    • bokeh: Bokeh is a Python interactive visualization library that targets modern web browsers for presentation.


Python libraries at NCI

  • We've moved the Python libraries installed with Miniconda to a public space (/g/data3/hh5/public/modules) so there is no need anymore to be part of ACCESS to use it. See the updated instructions

UM Newsletter

Massdata utility

  • Are you moving data to/from massdata? Are you having issues with the copy stopping in the middle of things and impossibility to restart from where it failed? Aidan wrote a small utility to help with that. It’s available to anyone, info:



  • The latest release of MPAS-Atmosphere has been installed on Raijin. This model will probably supplant WRF sometime in the future.

Python libraries at NCI

  • We've installed some Python libraries using Miniconda in /g/data1/access. The aim is to facilitate access to and management of commonly used Python libraries on Raijin, Accessdev and VDI. It also enables users to locally install their own libraries using Miniconda without duplicating the centrally installed libraries. For the moment, users have to be part of the ACCESS group on Raijin to use these (if you are not, just ask access on but we plan to make it public access. More details are here.

Sharing facility at NCI

  • We worked at NCI to enable users to share data stored on Raijn with collaborators who don't have access to NCI. This is aimed for work in progress which can not be published and opened publicly. The files are accessible for a short time only to allow your collaborators to download them to their own storage. We are working on making it user-friendly but if you need to share some data in the meantime, please ask

Updating OpenMPI library for MOM

  • After the new quarter maintenance, some MOM jobs experienced some stalling behaviour at the end of the job. This mainly affect large configurations (0.1°). The fix is to recompile MOM using the openmpi/10.2.1 version. If you don't know whether you should worry about it or how to recompile, please contact


  • The latest manual is now on the CMS wiki. Just follow the NU-WRF link in the navigation sidebar.




  • The Accesscollab UMUI server is no longer supported, and we can't guarantee the safety of data on it. Please move any data on the 'Collab' page of the UMUI to the 'Accessdev' or 'Collab(local)' page. The 'Collab (local)' page contains copies of the Accescollab database from last year, if your jobs are present there no further action is required.
    To move an experiment folder right click on it and select 'copy' then go to the 'accessedev' or 'collab(local)' page and use the 'paste' button in the top right of umuix to copy all jobs in that folder.
  • NIWA's um2netcdf.x conversion script is now available as ACCESS module um2netcdf-niwa too