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ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog

The ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog aims to provide a way for Python users to discover and load data across a broad range of climate data products available on Gadi.

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What is the ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog?

The ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog is essentially a table of climate data products available on Gadi.

Each entry in the table corresponds to a different product, where the columns contain attributes associated with that product (e.g., available models, frequencies and data variables). Users can search on the attributes to find the products that might be useful to them. For example, a user may want to know which data products contain variables X, Y and Z at monthly frequency.

The ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog enables users to find products that satisfy their query and to subsequently load their data without having to know the location and structure of the underlying files.

Showcase: use ACCESS-NRI Intake to find, load and plot data

A simple use case of the ACCESS-NRI Intake catalog is a user wants to plot a timeseries of a variable from a specific data product.
For example, the user is interested in plotting a scalar ocean variable called temp_global_ave for an ACCESS-ESM1.5 run called HI_CN_05 (data product). This is an historical run using the same configuration as CMIP6 ACCESS-ESM1.5 historical r1i1p1f1, except that the phosphorus limitation within CASA-CNP is disabled.

First, load the catalog as follows:

import intake
catalog =

To see all available catalogs, run:


Now you can load and plot available datasets for the temp_global_ave variable of the HI_CN_05 data product as follows:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

# This returns an xarray Dataset
dataset = catalog["HI_CN_05"].search(variable="temp_global_ave").to_dask()

# Plot the data
Plot af timeseries of global average temperatures

Last update: April 22, 2024