About CWSLab

About CWSLab

The Climate and Weather Science Laboratory (CWSLab) is a new virtual laboratory that provides an integrated platform of tools and resources that assists scientific collaboration and information-sharing in Australian climate and weather research. Developed by the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), the CWSLab offers Australian researchers:

  • access to climate and weather modelling software products;
  • an extensive data library;
  • new research, analysis and visualisation tools; and
  • a platform for sharing experiments and results across the research community.

The CWSLab expands research capabilities across all timescales—from high-resolution simulations of complex weather phenomena to climate change projections for long-term planning. Studies supported by the lab include weather prediction and investigation of extreme events, atmosphere–ocean–land–ice interactions, climate variability and change, greenhouse gases, water cycles, and carbon cycles.

The CWSLab provides a supported and managed research environment with standardised and streamlined scientific workflows, which improve the traceability and reproducibility of experiments. This makes it quicker for new scientists to get started, and easier to collaborate with others.

CWSLab offers the following services:

  • ACCESS climate and weather simulation;
  • a data library for accessing CMIP data and other data collections;
  • integration with NCI’s high-performance computational infrastructure; and
  • model analysis and visualisation tools.



The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment—including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. The Bureau contributes to national social, economic, cultural and environmental goals by providing observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services and by undertaking research into science and environment related issues in support of its operations and services.


CSIRO shapes the future. It does this by using science to solve real issues. CSIRO’s research makes a difference to industry, people and the planet. As Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO has been pushing the edge of what’s possible for over 85 years. Today the organisation has close to 6000 talented people working out of 50 centres in Australia and internationally. Their people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, CSIRO’s innovation and excellence places them in the top ten applied research agencies in the world.


The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is Australia’s national research computing service. NCI provides more than 3,000 Australian researchers with all the tools and expertise needed to conduct data-intensive research. NCI’s infrastructure includes: the Southern Hemisphere’s first petaflop supercomputer, Raijin, and Australia’s highest performing research cloud and fastest filesystems.


The Climate and Weather Science Laboratory acknowledges funding from the NeCTAR project, an Australian Government project conducted as part of the Super Science initiative and financed by the Education Investment Fund.


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. It will build on and improve existing understanding of the modelling of regional climates to enable enhanced adaptation to and management of climate change, particularly in the Australian region.