IPSL Training courses

Training courses in modipsl and libIGCM

The platform group at IPSL climate Center gives 2 different one-day training courses in how to use the IPSL models and the tools necessary. Both courses are given in English. In general the morning is dedicated to lecture and the afternoon to hands on exercises. The courses are given at Maison de la Simulation or at IDRIS in a classroom equipped by computers used during the hands on sessions. See below the description, presentation and exercises of the latest training courses. This material is updated before each new course.

1- Basic training course to learn how to use modipsl and libIGCM. This course is for beginners and for people who want to refresh their memory.
Download the presentation here : training_course_day1_2017.pdf.
Download the exercises here : TP_20171128.pdf.
See here details for the program : program_for_basic_training_session.pdf

2- IPSL workflow for CMIP6 : overview of the IPSL workflow for CMIP6 from the model retrieval to the data publication on the IPSL ESGF node. Download the presentation here : training_course_CMIP6_2017.pdf.
Download the exercises here : TP_training_course_CMIP6_2017.pdf

-- Hands on exercises : The exercises are done at temporary training account at ada IDRIS but most of the exercises can also be done at TGCC(curie) or LSCE(obelix). Download the hands on exercises here : Training_exercises_nov2016.pdf. See the answers to questions here: Answers_training_exercises_nov2016.pdf​

Inscription in advance to the courses are needed. This is necessary to have entrance access at IDRIS or at "Maison de la simulation" where the courses are given. For inscription you need to indicate your login at TGCC/IDRIS or LSCE(obelix), your nationality and who is your employer.

How to get to IDRIS
See details here

How to go to Maison de la Simulation
If you're used to go to LSCE, continue with the bus or navette CEA one stop later and walk for 5-10 minutes. See details here

Next training session

The training course in running environment of IPSL models will be given 28th and 29th of November 2017 at IDRIS in Orsay (91).

Day 1- 28th of november, 9h15-17h30 : Basic training session to learn how to use modipsl and libIGCM. This day is for beginners and for people who want to refresh their memory. The session contains lecture and hands on session.

Day 2- 29th of novemeber, 9h15-17h30 : A training on CMIP6 official simulations (running them, controlling them, documenting them on ES-DOC, publishing them on ESGF, handling potential mistakes). This training will be mandatory for those running CMIP6 simulations.

Additional information :

1) The course will be held at IDRIS in Orsay. 2) The course can be held in english 3) The hands on sessions will be done on the IDRIS training computers. (login/passwd will be provided during the training). for the second day it's mandatory to have a login link to the project devcmip6 on curie, and to have an access to curie (idefix,, etc..) 4) Please send inscription before 9th of november to Anne Cozic (Anne.Cozic@…) with following information :

  • which days you want to follow (the first, the second, or both)
  • your nationality
  • your expectation about the course (specific questions,...)
  • Bring your ID card or passport both course days to enter the IDRIS building. To be allowed to the enter the building you must make the inscription in advance.

Older training sessions

  • 23'th and 24'th of november 2016 : basic and advanced
  • 20'th and 21'th of October 2015 : basic and advanced
  • 4'th and 5'th of November 2014 : basic and advanced
  • 21'th and 22'nd of May 2014 : basic and advanced courses 1 and 2
  • 5'th and 14'th of November 2013 : basic and advanced courses 1 and 2
  • 17'th and 18'th of April 2013 : basic course 1
  • October 2012 : basic course 1


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In a daily-based climate science work, there exists a wide range of tools used to simplify scientific work. They are well known by the community, but might be not at all for a beginning PhD student. At the same time, supervisors do not usually have time to introduce them to their students ...

The `IPSL Boot camp' pretends to amend this issue. The course will provide a first approach to a bunch of well known and useful tools such as: NetCDF tools (nco, cdo, ncdump...), Python, Ferret, Unix commands, Bash and Shell scripts, Vi and Emacs, Version control (Svn) ... to any one who has never known about them.

A small group of IPSL researchers and engineers will provide a first touch to anyone within the IPSL who might require it. Short tutorials, practical exercises and live coding are the main ingredients of this very first introductory sessions of core tools that can simplify your research work.

Last training session 24 of March 2016

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