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Support Services on Models and Tools

IS-ENES provides support services on models and modelling tools. Where indicated, additional support is provided by the Centre of Excellence ESiWACE.

European Earth System Models support

All European global Earth system modelling groups offer a contact address and maintain the model description on this portal, using the CIM metadata format ("level 1" service). MetOffice Hadley Centre and EC-Earth offer in-person expertise to help to set-up and run their models ("level 2" service).


NEMO ocean model support

Services on NEMO include free access (upon registration) to new releases and related documentation and to the NEMO experiment database  to help users select the most appropriate set of parameters and physical packages for their ESMs. These support services will be sustained via ESiWACE.


Support for tools

IS-ENES grants the access to software tools and provides documentation and help for installation and use.

  • Climate Data Operators CDO: CDO is a collection of about 100 post-processing functions for handling and analysing model data. Web services for CDO include free download of latest release, up-to-date documentation, FAQ, help form and forums gathering currently more than 600 contributions.
  • Code coupler OASIS: OASIS allows synchronized exchanges of coupling information between numerical codes representing different components of the climate system. From the OASIS web site, users can freely download up-to-date versions of the software and  information about installation and use, documentation, tutorial, FAQ, hints for best practices and access user forums. Users can also profit from direct user support from the development team. These support services will be sustained via ESiWACE.


The CoE supports moreover the access and the development and maintenance of services and training activities on:

  • Meta-scheduler Cylc: Cylc ("silk") is a Python based workflow engine and meta-scheduler to manage a set of dependant tasks that need to run in a given order and deal with exceptions. Users can rely on a well-established forum to find out about and engage with cylc and formulate specific requests via a dedicated address. A wiki page informs moreover on development goals.
  • XIOS: XIOS, XML-IO-Server, is a library dedicated to I/O management in climate codes. XIOS manages output of diagnostics and other data produced by climate component codes into files and offers temporal and spatial post-processing operations on this data. XIOS aims at simplifying the I/O management by minimizing the number of subroutines to be called and reducing the number of arguments of these subroutines.


Data and tools for model evaluation

Evaluation toolkits for Earth System Models, developed within IS-ENES Phase 1 (2009-2013), are accessible, but not necessarily all up-to-date. 

  • HOAPS Simulator: Package developed to compare HOAPS (Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite Data) satellite climatology data to climate model output.
  • AeroCom: Tool for the consistent evaluation of global aerosol models.
  • CCMval-Diag: Community diagnostic tool for chemistry-climate models evaluation.
  • MCMS: 40 years climatology of mid-latitude storminess, to contextualize model data by the presence or absence of cyclones.

A portal informing on the evaluation procedure followed by the European ESMs for the CMIP5 experiments, was developed within IS-ENES 1. The portal maintainance ceased in 2013.


SUPPORT contacts

Contact for general and specific support for models and tools.