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ERA5 Data Component

1.0 hrs
Run online using:
  1. Jupyter
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    Tian Gan at INSTAAR - University of Colorado Boulder.

bmi_era5 package ( is an implementation of the Basic Model Interface (BMI) for the ERA5 dataset ( This package uses the CDS API ( to download the ERA5 dataset and wraps the dataset with Basic Model Interface (BMI) for data control and query.

Classroom organization
In this lab, you will learn how to use the bmi_era5 package to download the ERA5 hourly reanalysis data on single level for 2 meter temperature and total precipitation in Colorado.

Learning objectives
  • Learn to use CDS API to access ERA5 data
  • Learn to use Basic Model Interface to access ERA5 data and metadata
Key concepts
  • CSDMS Data Component

Lab notes
This lab can be run on the lab (for educators) and jupyter (for general use) instances of the OpenEarthscape JupyterHub: just click one of the links under the Run online using heading at the top of this page, then run the notebook in the "CSDMS" kernel.

If you don't already have a JupyterHub account, follow the instructions to sign up at If you're an educator, you can get JupyterHub accounts for students--please contact us through the CSDMS Help Desk:

If run locally, see instructions at

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 2026951, EarthCube Capabilities: Cloud-Based Accessible and Reproducible Modeling for Water and Sediment Research.

  • Tucker, G. E., Hutton, E. W. H., Piper, M. D., Campforts, B., Gan, T., Barnhart, K. R., Kettner, A. J., Overeem, I., Peckham, S. D., McCready, L., and Syvitski, J., 2022: CSDMS: a community platform for numerical modeling of Earth surface processes, Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 1413–1439,
  • Gan, T., Tucker, G.E., Hutton, E.W.H., Piper, M.D., Overeem, I., Kettner, A.J., Campforts, B., Moriarty, J.M., Undzis, B., Pierce, E., McCready, L., 2024: CSDMS Data Components: data–model integration tools for Earth surface processes modeling. Geosci. Model Dev., 17, 2165–2185.