Climate and Weather Science Laboratory
The Climate and Weather Science Laboratory (CWSLab) is a virtual laboratory that provides an integrated platform of tools and resources that assists scientific collaboration and information-sharing in Australian climate and weather research.
WHO IT’S FOR
- Biodiversity, climate and environmental researchers who need to analyse climate change simulations.
WHAT IT DOES
- Increases access to data archives and modelling products
- Reduces the technical barriers to using state of the art tools
- Facilitates the sharing of experiments and results
- Reduces the time to conduct scientific research studies
- Provides a platform for collaboration and contributions by the Australian research community
The Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at The Australian National University are partners in the development of a new Virtual Laboratory. The Climate and Weather Science Laboratory will provide an integrated national facility for model development, the provision and assessment of climate and weather simulations, and establish a readily available archive of climate and weather data.
The virtual laboratory’s goal is to:
• enrich scientists’ access to resources,
• reduce the technical barriers to using state of the art tools,
• facilitate the sharing of experiments and results,
• reduce the time to conduct scientific research studies, and
• elevate the collaboration and contributions by the Australian research community to the development of the Australian Community Climate Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS).
Through the proposed integration and enhancements of existing research community software such as ACCESS, the laboratory will produce an integrated facility for climate and weather process studies in areas such as weather prediction and extreme events, atmosphere-ocean-land-ice interactions, climate variability and change, greenhouse gases, water cycles, and carbon cycles. Additionally, the laboratory will provide a facility for the analysis of climate simulations, which will assist in the assessments of Australian climate change and contribute to the current and future assessment of climate change, including the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The virtual laboratory is a new research community project to establish an integrated national facility for research in climate and weather sciences that complements and leverages the Australian Super Science initiative investments in computational and storage infrastructure at the NCI facility, and the strong collaboration in place by the NCI, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.