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Transnational Access (TNA)

last modified Jul 11, 2019 04:10 PM


Attention: this page is currently under development - information will be updated soon.

Apply for virtual workspaces and directly access compute facilities

with locally maintained large climate data pools


Climate modelling community faces the challenges of contributing to the next assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change through the 6th phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project. The ENES e-infrastructure project IS-ENES3 H2020-INFRAIA addresses these challenges by developing, documenting, and deploying new and advanced models and tools, standards and services to deal with unprecedented data volumes and model complexity. 

In order to IS-ENES3 stimulate collaboration and share software and hardware capabilities and data, a Transnational Access (TNA) service will be open from 01-09-2020. Data near processing capabilities at the centers DKRZ, CNRS-IPSL, STFC (at CEDA), and CMCC will be made accessible via TNA to a broader user community. These processing capabilities support multi-model data analyses through direct access to large data pools including replicated data from the European as well as non-European ESGF data nodes. An evaluation committee will supervise the selection of applications for virtual workspace access. Results from user groups enabled through the virtual workspaces access will be disseminated under the project.

Here is the list of the centers (technical features coming soon)

Transnational Access provider Country Unit of Access
CNRS-IPSL France 1000 CPU hours
DKRZ Germany 1000 CPU hours
CMCC Italy 1000 CPU hours


United Kingdom 1000 CPU hours
  • Application procedure

    • description of the documents needed, link to the application form (coming soon)

    • mail address of the person they need to be sent to (coming soon)

  • Timeline
    • Deadline for the applications: 31.10.2019 (next deadline on 28.02.2020)

    • Evaluation time (~ 1 month): 1.11.2019 - 30.11.2019

    • Selection/Assignment time (~ 2 weeks): 1.12.2019- 14.12.2019

    • Notification of the decision to the candidates: 17.12.2019

    • Start of the TNA service:  01.01.2020

    • TNA duration per user ≤ 6 months


  • Evaluation

    • Committee member's expertise cover:
      • Climate model evaluation, including process studies
      • Using climate model output to drive impact models
      • Using statistical and dynamical downscaling to assess information at finer scales
    • Priority will be given to new users, the climate impact community, and less favored countries.
    • Selection Criteria:
      • Clarity and significance of objectives
      • Clear and realistic project planning: is the plan clear and likely to deliver in the proposed time frame?
      • Scientific excellence and originality: is the proposed work significant from a purely scientific perspective?
      • Technical expertise to exploit the platform: have the project team demonstrated the ability to make good use of the resources requested?
      • Impact and innovation potential: what is the expected benefit for society?

The TNA applicants in this proposal understand that their personal data will be processed according to the IS-ENES privacy policy

The TNA users confirm that they will send a Summary Report and attend a webseminar with the evaluation committee no later than 2 months after the end of the access, and that the results of the proposed project will be published specifying that the project leading to the publication has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme: "The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under IS-ENES3 H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 Grant Agreement number 824084".