ESMValTool User’s and Developer’s Guide

A detailed ESMValTool User’s and Developer’s Guide is available in the ESMValTool GitHub repository at and on Read The Docs at

Please contact Veronika Eyring (veronika.eyring"at" and Axel Lauer (axel.lauer"at" if you want, in addition to its use, join the Software Development Team or if you have any questions on the Software.

Projects funding the ESMValTool Development

The projects below fund the development of the ESMValTool. The acronym in bold is the acronym used for the project in the ESMValTool. The search function in the results browser allows to search for namelists that have been implemented by a specific project.

  1. BMBF CMIP6-DICAD project that funds CMIP6 activities in Germany (cmip-dicad, http://cmip-esmvaltool.dkrz. de/)
  2. Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Lot 1 and Lot 2 Metrics and Access to Global Indices for Climate Projections projects (c3s-magic,
  3. DFG TRR181 – Energy transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean (trr181, )
  4. DLR Project Earth System Model Evaluation until 2015 (esmval)
  5. DLR “Klimarelevanz von atmosphärischen Spurengasen, Aerosolen und Wolken: Auf dem Weg zu EarthCARE und MERLIN” project (klisaw)
  6. ESA Climate Change Initiative Climate Model User Group (ESA CCI CMUG) project (cmug http://www.esa-cmug-cci. org)
  7. EU Horizon 2020 Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climate project (applicate )
  8. EU Horizon 2020 Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, kNowledge, Dissemination and Outreach project (crescendo
  9. EU FP7 Project Earth system Model Bias Reduction and assessing Abrupt Climate change until 2016 (embrace h ttp://
  10. EU Horizon 2020 PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modelling and European climate Risk Assessment project (primavera

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Please contact Prof. Veronika Eyring (veronika.eyring"at" and Dr. Axel Lauer (axel.lauer"at" if you want join the Software Development Team or if you have any questions on the Software.