Download model data

Two advanced tools allow dedicated data download, providing access to a range of gridded and station data, including application-ready products.

Download of individual model datasets is subject to Acknowledgement of the Terms relating to data download and the Climate Change in Australia Terms of Use . You will be asked to agree to these terms each time you download a dataset. If you do not agree, you will not be able to download the data.

Please note that the terms of use provide a standard license for non-commercial use. If you wish to use the data for commercial use, please contact us to arrange a commercial license.

Gridded Data Download

Use this tool to download gridded individual model data from the full set of models. Available data include (data type available depends on the variable):

  1. Change data at native model grid, as monthly, seasonal and annual averages
  2. Application-ready data at 0.05° (approx. 5 km) grid, as monthly, seasonal and annual averages - Coming soon (in the interim, submit a Data/Information Request using the form available from the contact us )
  3. Application-ready data at 0.05° (approx. 5 km) grid, as monthly, seasonal and annual 30-year time-series - Coming soon (in the interim, submit a Data/Information Request using the form available from the contact us )

Gridded daily time-series data are also available for manual delivery (the files are approximately 26 GB per RCP/Time period/model which is too large for web delivery). To obtain these data, please submit a Data/Information Request using the form available from the contact us page.

Gridded data can be downloaded in multiple formats:
NetCDF: A multi-dimensional data format widely used for climate and other 'big data' dataset.
csv: A text file format that opens directly in spreadsheet software such as Excel or Calc.
JSON: A Javascript object.
ASCII: A geospatial compatible format that can be used in some GIS packages. Note that not all available model data are compatible with this format making conversion unreliable. If the download fails, choose a different format.

Horizontal datum: All gridded data are on the WGS84 geographic datum.

The free software, Panoply is useful for viewing NetCDF data and can also export data to text and csv formats.

Instructions for importing NetCDF format into ArcGIS are provided here .

Access the tool here .

Station Data Download

Use this tool to download single-model data for individual high quality Bureau of Meteorology stations. Select from the full set of available models. Available data include (data type available depends on the variable):

  1. Application-ready daily, monthly, seasonal and annual time-series
  2. Change data as monthly, seasonal and annual averages (spreadsheet download)

At present, station data can only be downloaded in NetCDF format. This is a multi-dimensional data format widely used for climate and other 'big data' datasets. 

The free software, Panoply is useful for viewing NetCDF data and can also export data to text and csv formats.

Instructions for importing NetCDF format into ArcGIS are provided here .

Access the tool here .

Page updated: 5th November 2015