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Data Management for PalMod-II – data workflow and re-use strategy

Swati Gehlot, Karsten Peters-von Gehlen, Andrea Lammert, and Hannes Thiemann
Swati Gehlot et al.
  • Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ), Department: Data Management, Hamburg, Germany (

German climate research initiative PalMod phase II ( is presented here as an exclusive example where the project end-product is unique, scientific paleo-climate data. PalMod-II data products include output from three state-of-the-art coupled climate models of varying complexity and spatial resolutions simulating the climate of the past 130,000 years. In addition to the long time series of modeling data, a comprehensive compilation of paleo-observation data is prepared to facilitate model-model and model-proxy intercomparison and evaluation. Being a large multidisciplinary project, a dedicated RDM (Research Data Management) approach is applied within the cross-cutting working group for PalMod-II. The DMP (Data Management Plan), as a living document, is used for documenting the data-workflow framework that defines the details of paleo-climate data life-cycle. The workflow containing the organisation, storage, preservation, sharing and long-term curation of the data is defined and tested.  In order to make the modeling data inter-comparable across the PalMod-II models and easily analyzable by the global paleo-climate community, model data standardization (CMORization) workflows are defined for individual PalMod models and their sub-models. The CMORization workflows contain setup, definition, and quality assurance testing of CMIP61 based standardization processes adapted to PalMod-II model simulation output requirements with a final aim of data publication via ESGF2. PalMod-II data publication via ESGF makes the paleo-climate data an asset which is (re-)usable beyond the project life-time.

The PalMod-II RDM infrastructure enables common research data management according to the FAIR3 data principles across all the working groups of PalMod-II using common workflows for the exchange of data and information along the process chain. Applying data management planning within PalMod-II made sure that all the data related workflows were defined, continuously updated if needed and made available to the project stakeholders. End products of PalMod-II which consist of unique long term scientific paleo-climate data (model as well as paleo-proxy data) are made available for re-use via the paleo-climate research community as well as other research disciplines (e.g., land-use, socio-economic studies etc.).

1. Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (

2. Earth System Grid Federation (

3. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable

How to cite: Gehlot, S., Peters-von Gehlen, K., Lammert, A., and Thiemann, H.: Data Management for PalMod-II – data workflow and re-use strategy, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-15391,, 2023.