From its very beginning, the ACCSP has supported the collection of climate data, investigation of climate processes and the development of improved climate models for Australia.
Prior to the ACCSP, Australia had only an elementary global climate change modelling capacity. The ACCSP has enabled Australian climate models to reach international standards.
The culmination of the years of model improvement supported by the ACCSP has been development of the Australian Community Climate Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS), our national climate model.
ACCESS delivers climate change simulations to the Australian and international science community. International model comparisons rate ACCESS highly, particularly for its capacity to simulate Australian climate. The contributions made via ACCESS to international engagement are recouped many times over through the wealth of tools, data and knowledge obtained for the national benefit.