The E3SM data is freely available through the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) distributed archives through the CMIP6 project space and through a separate E3SM project space. Both spaces employ ESGF search and discovery tools to identify the data sets a researcher needs. We encourage users to look in both project spaces for the data they may require.


A subset of the most highly used fields from E3SM’s Diagnostic, Evaluation and Characterization of Klima (DECK) experiments and CMIP6 historical simulations is available through the CMIP6 project space (, select E3SM-Project under Institution ID) on standard CMIP grids and in CMIP standard format (mostly single-variable time series) with CMIP-compliant metadata.


Additionally, all simulation campaign data are published to the ESGF E3SM project space ( in the netCDF E3SM history file format (multi-variable, single time files) on the model’s native grids in many time frequencies (including high temporal resolution of 3 hr or 6 hr). A large portion of the data have been regridded to standard Cartesian grids; tools are also available to regrid native netCDF files to standard grids (see E3SM Tutorials). The E3SM project has also created tools that researchers can employ to easily convert E3SM output to CMIP-style output (E3SM_to_CMIP).


You can go straight to the data or its description from the following links


If you are looking for the data from a particular version of the E3SM model, or a particular resolution or a particular E3SM campaign, choose one of the following links:


Journal Reference Publications

  • Overview of E3SM in AGU Special Collection
    • Leung, L. R., Bader, D. C., Taylor, M. A., & McCoy, R. B. (2020). An Introduction to the E3SM Special Collection: Goals, Science Drivers, Development, and Analysis. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems12(11), e2019MS001821.
  • E3SM v1.0 (standard resolution)  
    • Golaz, J.-C., P. M. Caldwell, L. P. Van Roekel and co-authors (2019). The DOE E3SM coupled model version 1: Overview and evaluation at standard resolution. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, accepted,\
  • E3SM v1.0 (high resolution)  
    • Caldwell, P. M., Mametjanov, A., Tang, Q., Van Roekel, L. P., Golaz, J.‐C., Lin, W. and coauthors (2019). The DOE E3SM coupled model version 1: Description and results at high resolution. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11.
  • E3SM v1.1 (standard resolution, Biogeochemical Cycles Configuation)  
    • S. M. Burrows, M. Maltrud, X. Yang, Q. Zhu, N. Jeffery, X. Shi and co-authors (2020). The DOE E3SM v1.1 biogeochemistry configuration: description and simulated ecosystem‐climate responses to historical changes in forcing
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