ACCESS-G: single-level "prec" fields

A number of raw and post-processed NWP products are available as outputs from the Australian Community Climate Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS) suite of Numerical Weather Prediction models which are run routinely by the Bureau National Operations Centre (NOC). This document describes the content of the ACCESS-G (version APS3),,, and series of products.

For background information about ACCESS please refer to the top-level ACCESS NWP technical data documentation page.

If you require further information or assistance about ACCESS NWP products contact the Bureau's Real-time Data Services Section.

Model summary

ACCESS-G covers a global domain, has a resolution of about 12 km and is run four times per day (00Z, 06Z, 12Z & 18Z basetimes) out to a forecast hour (HHH) of +240 (+84 for 06Z and 18Z). This model consists of both an assimilation and forecast component.

NWP data filename convention

All NWP files in this product series have names that conform to the following convention: or or or or or or or or or


YYYYMMDDHHBase-date of model run in UTC time. YYYY = year, MM = month, DD = day, HH = hour
HHHForecast hour. A HHH of 000 is the analysis time-step.

Horizontal grid geometries

[IDY code]
[Lon x Lat]
Domain limits
[W to E, S to N (Lon x Lat grid points)]
[NC Vars]
0.176 by 0.117 0.088 to 359.912, -89.941 to 89.941 (2048 x 1536) All
0.176 by 0.117 64.951 to 184.482, -64.980 to 16.934 (681 x 700) All
0.176 by 0.117 95.010 to 169.893, -54.902 to 4.980 (427 x 512) All
0.176 by 0.117 0.088 to 359.912, -89.941 to 89.941 (2048 x 1536) All
0.176 by 0.117 95.010 to 169.893, -54.902 to 4.980 (427 x 512) All

Please note that

  • Latitude values in GRIB and NetCDF files are ordered North to South while longitude values are ordered West to East.
  • Longitudes always lie in the range 0.0 to 360.0 degrees. Longitudes can be transformed to lie between -180 and +180 degrees by subtracting 360 degrees from any longitude values greater than 180.

Time steps

Forecast hours of single-level fields:
0 to 240 by 1


The following fields are included in this product series. Note that the "G2 d.c.n" table column refers to a field's GRIB2 'discipline'.'parameterCategory'.'parameterNumber' metadata. For more information see GRIB2 format notes.

Single-level fields

G2 d.c.n NetCDF var Steps G2 Units NC Units Description
0.1.8 accum_prcp All kg m-2 kg m-2 Accumulated precipitation

Explanation of steps column terms

AllParameter available at all time-steps
All but stepsParameter available at all time-steps except as specified
hhh...Parameter available from fhr onward

Notes on specific NWP file-formats

For technical notes about the GRIB2 encoding of ACCESS data, please refer to GRIB2 format notes. For technical notes about the NetCDF4 encoding of ACCESS data, please refer to NetCDF format notes.

Appendix A - Extended Field Descriptions

Extended description of single-level fields

G2 d.c.n NetCDF var Detailed description
0.1.8 accum_prcp Accumulated total precipitation amount at the surface. This is the sum of rainfall and snowfall at the surface. [kg m-2]

Please note:

  • Fields in the above tables are listed in the same order as shown in the Parameters section of this document.
  • Units in the above table refer to NetCDF fields. In some cases the GRIB2 equivalent field has had values scaled/offset to convert to SI units for WMO GRIB2 compliance.
  • The nature of fields can not always be deduced easily from their NetCDF variable names. It is always safest to refer to the detailed description of a parameter.
  • All accumulated fields are accumulated from the start of the model assimilation window. Hence any of these fields can be non-zero at the model base-time (which is a time-step at the center of the assimilation window).