EGU21-2886, updated on 17 Aug 2023
EGU General Assembly 2021
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CMIP6 data documentation and citation in IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

Martina Stockhause1, Robin Matthews2, Anna Pirani2, Anne Marie Treguier3, and Ozge Yelekci2
Martina Stockhause et al.
  • 1German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), Germany (
  • 2IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit, France
  • 3Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

The the amount of work and resources invested by the modelling centers to provide CMIP6 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6) experiments and climate projection datasets is huge, and therefore it is extremely important that the teams receive proper credit for their work. The Citation Service makes CMIP6 data citable with DOI references for the evolving CMIP6 model data published in the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF). The Citation Service as a new piece of the CMIP6 infrastructure was developed upon the request from the CMIP Panel.

CMIP6 provides new global climate model data assessed in the IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Led by the Technical Support Unit of IPCC Working Group I (WGI TSU), the IPCC Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessment (TG-Data) developed FAIR data guidelines, for implementation by the TSUs of the three IPCC WGs and the IPCC Data Distribution Centre (DDC) Partners. A central part of the FAIR data guidelines are the documentation and citation of data used in the report.

The contribution will show how CMIP6 data usage is documented in IPCC WGI AR6 from three angles: technical implementation, collection of CMIP6 data usage information from the IPCC authors, and a report users’ perspective.



  • CMIP6 Citation Service:
  • CMIP6:
  • IPCC AR6:
  • IPCC AR6 WGI report:
  • IPCC TG-Data:

How to cite: Stockhause, M., Matthews, R., Pirani, A., Treguier, A. M., and Yelekci, O.: CMIP6 data documentation and citation in IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2886,, 2021.


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