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ACCESS 1.0 Coupled Model as used in CMIP5. Includes UM 7.3 atmosphere, MOSES land surface, CICE sea ice, MOM 4 ocean coupled using Oasis3

The model is not available in the UMUI, instead it is run from a set of shell scripts.

A guide to setting up and running the model on the old supercomputer Raijin can be found at

Running on Gadi

NOTE: Consider using ACCESS-ESM 1.5 for new runs on Gadi, it is much simpler to use

The component models of ACCESS-CM 1.0 need to be rebuilt in order to run on Gadi, and there are few modifications required to the run script. The instructions here are for the historical experiment mentioned at, you may need to modify them if running a different experiment.

1. Build the models

Follow the instructions at to download the source code and build the model

2. Change the executable paths in your *.init file to point to the newly built model executables (note the timestamp in the file name will need to be changed)

cp -f $ACCESS_BINDIR/oasis3_MPI1.20200130.RJ         $cpl_exe
cp -f $ACCESS_BINDIR/mom4_MPI1.exe.20200130.VAYU     $ocn_exe
cp -f $ACCESS_BINDIR/cice_MPI1.VAYU_6p_20200130      $ice_exe
cp -f $ACCESS_BINDIR/um_hg2-r1.1.exe-20200131        $atm_exe

3. Set the recommended PBS headers for Gadi in your main run script (e.g. exp/a10_hist/a10_hist)

#PBS -q normal
#PBS -l ncpus=144
#PBS -l mem=192gb
#PBS -l walltime=00:10:00
#PBS -l wd
#PBS -W umask=0022
#PBS -l storage=scratch/access+gdata/access

4. Set the recommended Decomposition (for a total of 144 cpus, 384 gb memory) by modifying variables in the main and init scripts (e.g. exp/a10_hist/a10_hist, exp/a10_hist/a10_hist.init)

Component Variable Value
MOM oce_nx 8
MOM oce_ny 5
MOM nproc_ocn 40 (oce_nx * oce_ny)
CICE nproc_ice 6

5. Fix the main script for Gadi (e.g. 'exp/a10_hist/a10_hist')

A few edits are required throughout the script:

# Should point to the 'bin' directory from building the model

# Also load openmpi here
module load openmpi/4.0.2

# ...

# Replace the square brackets and their contents with 'true'
# if [[ "$PBS_O_HOST" == "raijin*" || "$PBS_O_HOST" == "r"*{0,2}(\d) ]] ; then
if true; then
         export exec_site="NCI"
         export exec_system="raijin"

# ...

# Change '/short' to '/scratch'
export SHORTDIR="/scratch/$PROJECT/$USER"

6. Perform a test run

Change the run length settings in the init script (e.g. 'exp/a10_hist/a10_hist.init') to perform a 10 model day run:

#-- Initial and Final Date of the Experiment
iniyear=1951;   finalyear=1951;         typeset -Z4 iniyear  finalyear
inimonth=1;     finalmonth=1;           typeset -Z2 inimonth finalmonth
iniday=1;       finalday=10;            typeset -Z2 iniday   finalday

inidate=${iniyear}${inimonth}${iniday}                  #YYYYMMDD
finaldate=${finalyear}${finalmonth}${finalday}          #YYYYMMDD

#-- Duration of a run/chunk (HERE is most often visited for test/short runs!)
nyear=0                 # number of years
nmonth=0                # number of months
nday=10                 # number of days

Then qsub the main script (e.g. 'exp/a10_hist/a10_hist')

Raw model output gets sent to $SHORTDIR/archive/history/$EXPT (e.g. /short/w35/saw562/archive/history/a10_hist)

MOM, CICE & Oasis Model logs and namelists are in $SHORTDIR/work/um_coupled/$EXPT

UM logs are in $SHORTDIR/data/um_coupled/$EXPT

Model Configurations