Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 479–493, 2014

Special issue: Community software to support the delivery of CMIP5

Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 479–493, 2014

Development and technical paper 21 Mar 2014

Development and technical paper | 21 Mar 2014

Development and exploitation of a controlled vocabulary in support of climate modelling

M.-P. Moine1, S. Valcke1, B. N. Lawrence2,3,4, C. Pascoe4, R. W. Ford5, A. Alias6, V. Balaji7, P. Bentley8, G. Devine9, S. A. Callaghan4, and E. Guilyardi9,10 M.-P. Moine et al.
  • 1Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS), CERFACS/CNRS SUC URA1875, Toulouse, France
  • 2Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 3Centre for Environmental Data Archival, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK
  • 4National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Natural Environment Research Council, UK
  • 5STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, UK
  • 6Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM), Meteo-France/CNRS, Toulouse, France
  • 7NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and University of Princeton, USA
  • 8Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK
  • 9National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 10Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), CNRS, Paris, France

Abstract. There are three key components for developing a metadata system: a container structure laying out the key semantic issues of interest and their relationships; an extensible controlled vocabulary providing possible content; and tools to create and manipulate that content. While metadata systems must allow users to enter their own information, the use of a controlled vocabulary both imposes consistency of definition and ensures comparability of the objects described. Here we describe the controlled vocabulary (CV) and metadata creation tool built by the METAFOR project for use in the context of describing the climate models, simulations and experiments of the fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). The CV and resulting tool chain introduced here is designed for extensibility and reuse and should find applicability in many more projects.