ACCESS Oversight Committee - Notes from the 30th September 2021

1. Welcome

  • Welcome to new member Robyn Schofield representing Melb Uni.


  1. Update on contracts and position advertisements
  • ACCESS NRI Funding Agreement with Department is underway
  • Collaborative Agreement meeting held last week, included review of IP, agreement will be redrafted and sent out next week
  • ANU DVCR and partners meeting will be held to discuss governance and finalise agreement ready for sign off
  • Director position will be advertised next week closing 7th November, international applicants welcome – Dale to share link to ad for distribution to potential candidates
  • 2 associate director position descriptions have been submitted to ANU HR, and will go to review committee for approval soon
  • 3 ACCESS NRI office positions have been approved and will be advertised by next week – business manager, comms and engagement, and EA, expect appointments to occur in October
  1. Collation and prioritisation of tasks from ACCESS Discussion Day
  • Richard C. to share ACCESS Discussion Day documents and ACCESS NRI positions via Google Docs and committee members to provide feedback
  • Richard C. to organise meeting in a couple of weeks to discuss feedback and ACCESS-NRI priorities. This will feed into development of ACCESS-NRI work plan for next 12 months and map out initial positions/secondments that are needed to achieve priorities. Positions expected to be advertised in November
  1. Other ACCESS-NRI matters
  • Noted that UM/LFRic license issues are complex, Ben Evans is exploring this for NCI and the ACCES NRI will capitalise on those efforts
  • 2021 NRI Roadmap exposure draft due for release early-mid October, partners should influence their institutions response around ACCESS-NRI as may not have time for coordinated response
  • ACCESS-NRI inaugural conference to be held next year

3. Round-table - update on activities and issues relating to ACCESS

a. NCI

  • Discussions with NCAS around UM/LFRic licensing to find out how they do things – important for NCI and ACCESS-NRI
  • Visualisation work has progressed and is getting to the end point, there will be coordination before the release
  • No response provided yet on WMO consultation draft on exascale computing, key outcomes are supported, and the innovation approach reflects what is happening for ACCESS NRI and at the Bureau


  • Now that the CMIP6 runs completed, effort is focussing on extension runs
  • Trialling high-res ocean configuration of the coupled model, N96 atmosphere + 1/4 degree ocean, once that looks ok will try N216 atmosphere +1/4 degree ocean. Simulation has completed a few decades and assessment of climate indices shows that it looks similar to the CMIP6 model.
  • COSIMA keen to have a look at the model output and offered to run their standard assessment scripts to check the model performance.
  • Harun to let Ben know where the model output of the high-resolution coupled climate simulations is to facilitate sharing of data
  • JULES Science meeting attended by Ian Harman, included discussion of the release of land ancillary suite, publishing the hydro-JULES framework, and timelines for moving to NGMS

c. BoM

  • Bureau Annual R&D workshop will be the 8-11 November, the program and registration information can be found at
  • BoM is in the process of recruiting several modelling positions in urban modelling, high latitude Antarctic modelling, ocean modelling, coupled modelling (NWP/Seasonal prediction) and Next Gen Model development, including support for modelling infra-structure.
  • Met Office held a 2 day international workshop on hindcasts, main driver is to help them decide if they should do NWP hindcasts.
  • Met Office have released prototype RAL3 configurations, which includes a configuration that unifies the tropics and midlatitudes - includes the new microphysics scheme - Bureau testing underway
  • Justin Freeman will replace Charmaine on this committee from the next meeting

d. Universities

  • New postdocs starting to ramp up, plans for a bounce back strategy but won't begin until early 2022
  • Monash has hired 2 research assistants until the end of the year to look at 400m national ACCESS simulation, call for collaboration
  • AAPP conducting simulations over the Southern Ocean with detailed chemistry fields being output including ozone and DMS


  • Position open for software engineer
  • Soon to advertise PhD student top-ups


  • Another version of research plan has been submitted to DAWE, minor feedback received so 2021 formal approval expected. Written agreement to proceed with projects from 1st July 2021 received.
  • Co-design workshops to be held in October, further co-design workshops with stakeholders will occur later
  • Climate Systems Hub indigenous facilitator, Rowena Bullio, has been onboarded as ANU first persons

g. UM Partnership activities

  • Richard C. will attend the next UM partner board meeting on November 3rd to discuss ACCESS-NRI

4. Next meetings

  • Meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month for October and November, no meeting in December
  • Next meeting on 28th of October at the usual time (3-4:30pm)


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