/pool/data user projects

The /pool/data user projects contain modeling and observational datasets for which widespread and longer-lasting use across different DKRZ user groups is expected.

The datasets could be, for example,

  • initial and boundary conditions for numerical models,

  • reanalysis datasets,

  • standard evaluation products or

  • project-related datasets of interest to a wide user base.

For efficient reuse of user datasets made available via the DKRZ data pool, the data is accessed using the path-prefix /pool/data/. Furthermore, the datasets are accompanied by a README-file documenting salient characteristics of the data to enable efficient reuse.

Sharing datasets via /pool/data

Note

Templates for the README and /pool/data storage allocation documents are available for download and examples are provided below.

Obtaining storage resources

Datasets made available via /pool/data are associated with so-called pool-projects. With the migration to HLR-4 Levante in the beginning of 2022, pool projects are asked to fill in an application-like form describing the data and the scope of its use at DKRZ. The README-version of this document will be made public on the DKRZ website.

The storage resources required for pool-projects will be awarded in equal parts from the shareholder and community shares.

Obtaining storage resources follows one of two paths:

  1. Data volume to be shared less than 80TB:

  • users fill out the /pool/data storage allocation form and submit it to DKRZ staff at any time via support@dkrz.de

  • following a review process, which may involve amendments to the document, the required resources are granted

  • a DKRZ project number is assigned, the data are moved to the corresponding project-space on the file system and the project is soft-linked to /pool/data/THE_PROJECT

  • disk space on Levante is allocated for a period of up to 5 years, after which the process will have to be re-iterated

  1. Data volume to be shared larger than 80TB:

  • users fill out the /pool/data resource application form and submit it to DKRZ in the framework of the regular rounds of resource application with DKRZ Scientific Steering Committee (WLA)

  • application is reviewed by the WLA

  • if resources are granted, a DKRZ-project number is assigned, the data are moved to the corresponding project-space on the file system and the project is soft-linked to /pool/data/THE_PROJECT.

  • disk space on Levante is allocated for a period of up to 5 years, after which the process will have to be re-iterated

In the storage allocation/application document, it is critical for the data to provide sensible arguments and use cases for the DRKZ-wide use of the datasets which are to be made available via /pool/data.

Please note: all data collections which are currently (August 2021) stored directly at /pool/data/PROJECT_ACRONYM and made available to DKRZ users still have to fill out a storage allocation form and a README file for submission to DKRZ staff prior to the data migration to Levante. All those projects should lie below the threshold of 80TB and will be contacted by DKRZ in a separate email. If no application for resources is submitted, the data will not be migrated to Levante.

Data documentation and reuse license

All pool/data-projects must be accompanied by a README file containing the salient characteristics of the data required for reuse. The README file shall be provided as a write-protected .txt-document on disk in the top-level directory of the datasets it describes. A copy of the README is made available online in DKRZ’s user portal as well. This implies, that names and contact details of the data responsible persons are visible online.

Furthermore, the data must be associated with a license which is expected to follow international standards (see CC licenses for some examples) to facilitate reuse and ensure credit to the data creators. If datasets made available via /pool/data shall be associated with more restrictive licenses which limit the reuse to a subset of DKRZ users, the data owners should present sensible arguments supporting their case.

List of current projects

List of current /pool/data-projects available on Levante. See the README documents for more information and contact details.

Path

Project Title

PI

Resources granted

Granted until

README

AWICM

Initial and boundary conditions for running the AWICM model

Tido Semmler (AWI)

27

2026-11-02

AWI_README

CCLM

COSMO-CLM / ICON-CLM initial and boundary data

Christian Steger (DWD)

65

2026-12-31

CCLM_README

CCLM-CRCS

COSMO-CLM and ICON-CLM initial and boundary conditions as well as condensed results of high-resolution evaluation experiments (CRCS Working Group of CLM-Community)

Christian Steger (DWD)

58

2026-12-31

CCLM-CRCS_README

CCLM-EVAL

COSMO-CLM regional climate model evaluation

Christian Steger (DWD)

74

2026-12-31

CCLM-EVAL_README

CCLM-LUCAS

Setup, boundary conditions and forcing data necessary to run the CCLM simulations in the CORDEX FPS LUCAS.

Christian Steger (DWD)

60

2026-12-31

CCLM-LUCAS_README

ECHAM5

ECHAM5 MPI-M Atmosphere Model Version 5 initial and boundary condition data

Ulrike Niemeier (MPI-M)

0.1

2027-04-30

ECHAM5_README

ECHAM6

ECHAM6 MPI-M Atmosphere Model Version 6 initial and boundary condition data

Michael Botzet (MPI-M)

5

2026-12-31

ECHAM6_README

ECHAM6-HAMMOZ

Support for the Aerosol-Chemistry-Climate Model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ

Anne Kubin (Tropos)

2

2026-12-31

ECHAM6-HAMMOZ_README

fesstval

Field Experiment on Submesoscale Spatio-Temporal Variability in Lindenberg

Maike Ahlgrimm (DWD)

16

2023-12-31

fesstval_README

FUB

FUB - VAST initial and boundary files

Ingo Kircher (FU Berlin)

2

2026-12-31

FUB_README

ICON

ICON - Icosahedral Nonhydrostatic Weather and Climate Model initial and boundary condition data

Daniel Klocke (MPI-M)

80

2026-12-31

ICON_README

ICON/qubicc

QUBICC project initial and boundary condition data

Luis Kornblueh (MPI-M)

25

2026-12-31

QUBICC_README

ICON-CLM

ICON-CLM initial and boundary conditions and evaluation

Christian Steger (DWD)

50

2026-12-31

ICON-CLM_README

JSBACH

JSBACH initial and boundary data

Veronik Gayler (MPI-M)

1

2027-03-31

JSBACH_README

MPIOM

MPI-OM Max-Planck-Institute Ocean Model initial and boundary condition data

Helmuth Haak (MPI-M)

35

2026-11-30

MPIOM_README

MPIESM

MPIESM (Max-Planck-Institute Earth System Model) initial, boundary condition, and model configuration data

Michael Botzet (MPI-M)

1

2027-03-31

MPIESM_README

MESSY

MESSy input and boundary conditions

Patrick Joeckel (DLR)

143

80TB until 2026-12-31, 63 TB on top until 2022-06-30

MESSy_README

nudging

Nudging Data for ECHAM (Nud4ECHAM)

Hannes Thiemann (DKRZ)

30

2026-12-31

nudging_README

OBS

Observations of the TCO group in AES department

Lutz Hirsch (MPI-M)

33

2032-12-31

in preparation

Examples for /pool/data resource application

(HAPPI-MIP related datasets):

Support

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact DKRZ staff at support@dkrz.de