August 19, 2021 | Published by | , ,

by Claire Carouge
Annette Hirsch has accepted a position as a Specialist Manager of Climate at Deloitte. As such, she left the CMS team at the beginning of July. Although Annette stayed only a short time in the CMS team, she was essential to release a new version of CABLE-WRF. We wish her all the best in her new endeavour.

We are now advertising for a replacement. We are offering a three-year position for a Research Software Engineer. The role is to support the Centre’s researchers in their modelling and data analysis, especially around the use of the land surface model CABLE.

As alluded to above, at the beginning of July, we released a new version of CABLE-WRF. This version is based on NASA Unified WRF (NUWRF) version We have updated the CABLE version to the same version used for the CMIP6 simulations in ACCESS-CM2 with some additional bug fixes. This version has been tested on several resolutions. It is the first time we successfully ran CABLE-WRF at 12 km over Australia.

Since the beginning of the year, we have been working on improving the management of the data produced by CLEX. We now have a CLEX data collection and a CLEX code collection. Those collections will enable us to present all data and code published by CLEX from a common space. The CLEX code collection is also the start of a concerted effort to promote the sharing of codes between our researchers and not only to publish codes. We encourage everyone in CLEX to contribute their codes to the collection. The only condition around the quality of the code is that it produces the expected results for the author. You can find instructions on how to contribute to the collection on the website in the description section.

Paola Petrelli has also completely redesigned the information and training resources for data management and publication on the CMS wiki. We are also going to offer completely new data training from the start of August. This effort aims to help CLEX researchers to follow best data management practices, in particular the understanding and application of the FAIR principles.

Work with the ACCESS-ESM1.5 is continuing to give our researchers access to more configurations. It is now possible to run ACCESS-ESM via the payu workflow manager for three PMIP configurations (Last Millenium, Last Interglacial and Mid-Holocene) and three CMIP configurations (piControl, historical and SSP5-85).

It came to our attention at the end of July, there was a problem with the ice outputs. The outputs were not labelled with the correct date in the case of a warm start. The problem has now been fixed and affected users have been given instructions to remedy the issue. Work is now underway to port ACCESS-ESM-AMIP 1.5 to payu. This requires some additional effort as the AMIP configuration does not call the OASIS coupler at all.