CMIP Analysis Platform

Available data sets | Adding data sets | Analysis and visualization resources
Terms of use and acknowledging support

The CMIP Analysis Platform gives researchers convenient access to climate data from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) on CISL’s GLADE disk storage resource.

By hosting the data on GLADE, the platform enables researchers to use the Geyser and Caldera analysis and visualization systems to work with CMIP data rather than transfer large data sets from Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) sites to their local machines.


Available data sets

University researchers and NCAR staff can work with the CMIP data sets that are on GLADE if they have Yellowstone user accounts and current, allocated projects for using the Geyser and Caldera clusters.

See Data sets on the CMIP Analysis Platform


Adding data sets

To ask for the addition of a data set to the CMIP Analysis Platform space:

University researchers first need to obtain a CMIP Analysis Platform allocation for a current project as described here, then use this form to request the data set.

  • Use the small allocation request form to request access. In the Available Resources section of the form, specify CMIP Analysis Platform by entering the numeral 1 (Yes) in the space provided.
  • You will also be asked to specify a Geyser/Caldera allocation; we suggest entering 5,000 core-hours unless you have reason to expect you will need more.

NCAR staff should:


Analysis and visualization resources

For information about the analysis and visualization resources, see:

Users can ask to have other software installed by contacting the CISL Help Desk.


Terms of use and acknowledging support

Users of the CMIP Analysis Platform agree to make the results of their research available through open publication. In addition, users are required to:

  • Acknowledge their use of the CMIP Analysis Platform and the support of NCAR and CISL as described on this CISL web page.
  • Acknowledge the support of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) and World Climate Research Programme's Working Group on Coupled Modelling as described here.
  • Agree to and comply with the CMIP5 Data Access Terms of Use.
  • Comply with terms of use established by the relevant modeling center or group. See Modeling Groups and their Terms of Use for information regarding what CMIP5 output is available for unrestricted use. All CMIP5 output is available for non-commercial research and educational purposes.

Journal articles or other scientific documents based on CMIP5 results should be registered at CMIP5 Publications; and analyses performed on the CMIP Analysis Platform should also be contributed to CISL’s annual publications survey.