The Australian Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory

Ms Clare Richards1, Dr Ben Evans1, Dr Kate Snow1, Mr Chris Allen1, Mr Matt Nethery1, Ms Paola Petrelli2,5, Ms Claire Trenham6, Mr Aurel Moise7, Mr Sean Pringle1, Dr Claire Carouge4,5, Mr Scott Wales3,5, Mr Tim Erwin6

1NCI Australia, Acton, Australia, 2University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 3University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, 4University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 5ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, , Australia, 6CSIRO, Aspendale, Australia, 7Bureau of Meteorology, Docklands, Australia


The Australian Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DeVL) focus has been to further develop the Australian research environments and data management capabilities for Australia’s contributions for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6). This includes a) major upgrades and improvements to data organisation of the Earth Systems Grid Federation Node at NCI b) upgraded data analysis environments at NCI c) improved data FAIRness and d) updated user support information.

The Climate DeVL is a collaborative project between NCI, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, the ARC Centre for Climate Extremes and co-funded by the Australian Research Data Commons. The Climate DeVL builds on previous Australian e-infrastructure programs to support national and international collaboration on priority climate research across these partners, and other government programs.

The project has several areas of focus:

  • Data management for improved use within a High Performance Data (HPD) environment.
  • Access to international best-practice tools and common workflows for enhanced collaboration and innovative digital research methods.
  • Easy access to new climate data for use across a number of different research areas both directly at NCI as well as remotely.
  • Data publication services that support a range of access methods for communication and translation of research outputs with other research communities, for policy development, and industry.
  • Training and user support materials for more effective use of new capabilities.

While this project addresses the Community’s immediate goals for CMIP6, the need to extend this capability to prepare for future technical challenges is already emerging.


Clare Richards is an experienced project manager for major research infrastructure and modelling software projects including engagement with internal and external stakeholders to develop project plans for implementing new business systems, applications, services and websites. Before joining NCI she was with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Clare holds a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from the University of South Australia, a Master’s degree in Media Practice from the University of Sydney and an MBA from La Trobe University.


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