SAMPLE Application Ready Climate Data (API Access)

The CSIRO Climate Science Centre is developed climate datasets for the 21st Century that will be made available for commercial purposes. These include daily values of a selection of climate variables commonly used in climate change impact assessments. In conjunction with other information about climate change, the data can be used to inform assessments of climate change impacts at locations of assets or investments across Australia.
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Application-ready climate projections are currently available for selected climate variables at a daily temporal resolution, for three future time periods in the 21st Century - 2016-2045, 2036-2065 and 2056-2085, for three future greenhouse gas emission scenarios (low-emissions - RCP2.6, mid-range emissions - RCP4.5, and high-emissions - RCP8.5).The following climate variables are included:

  • daily maximum surface temperature,
  • daily minimum surface temperature,
  • daily precipitation,
  • daily solar radiation, and
  • daily relative humidity.

Consistent historical data are also available for the 1981-2010 period to provide a baseline for analyses of changes into the future.

Data are provided on a 5km grid covering all of Australia's land areas. The same data are available for sub-regions of Australia for users with an interest in a specific region.

In addition to the daily data, monthly, seasonal and annual averages are also provided covering Australia's land areas.

The data have been created by applying future climate changes simulated by a selection of CMIP5 Global Climate Models (MIROC5, ACCESS1-0, CESM1-CAM5, CNRM-CM5, CanESM2, GFDL-ESM2M, HadGEM2 and NORESM1-M) to Australian Bureau of Meteorology AGCD observations and ERA5 reanalysis data using the quantile-quantile scaling, or "QQ-scaling" method. This method results in future climate data that are minimally affected by climate model biases and are more detailed in terms of spatial resolution than the raw climate model output.

QQ-scaled data provide initial guidance on possible future climate conditions across Australia and, in conjunction with other information about climate change, can be used to inform assessments of the impacts of future climate changes. The climate variables provided are relevant to many climate impacts. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Daily maximum and minimum temperature data are relevant to agricultural productivity, health, energy usage, the performance of infrastructure and biodiversity.
  • Precipitation data are relevant to bushfire risk, agricultural productivity, water resources and biodiversity.
  • Solar radiation data are relevant agricultural productivity, renewable energy and the performance of infrastructure.
  • Relative humidity data are relevant to bushfire risk, health and water resources.

The current CMIP5-based product will be superseded by a product based on more recent, CMIP6, climate modelling. The currently available CMIP5-based product allows users to gain familiarity with the data formats and use cases of the coming CMIP6-based product. The CMIP5-based product is intended solely as a preview of the upcoming CMIP6-based product, and it is unsupported in the sense that future access is not guaranteed and any errors in the data or documentation will not be corrected. It is priced to cover the cost of making the data available via the CSIRO Data Shop.