2. Migration from framework v2.0

In this section we describe the major changes made from v2.0 to v3.0 of the framework that are relevant for POD developers. The scope of the framework has expanded in version 3.0, which required changes in the way the PODs and framework interact. New developers can skip this section, as the rest of this documentation is self-contained.

2.1. Getting Started and Developer’s Walkthrough

A main source of documentation for v2.0 of the framework were the “Getting Started” and “Developer’s Walkthrough” documents. Updated versions of these documents are:


These documents contain a subset of information available on this website, rather than new material: the text is reorganized to be placed in the same order as the v2.0 documents, for ease of comparison.

2.2. Checklist for migrating a POD from v2.0

Here we list the broad set of tasks needed to update a POD written for v2.0 of the framework to v3.0.

  • Update settings and varlist files: In v3.0 these have been combined into a single settings.jsonc file. See the settings file guide, reference, and example for descriptions of the new format.

  • Update references to framework environment variables: See the table below for an overview, and the reference for complete information on what environment variables the framework sets. Note that your POD should not use any hard-coded paths or variable names, but should read this information in from the framework’s environment variables.

  • Resubmit digested observational data: To minimize the size of supporting data users need to download, we ask that you only supply observational data specifically needed for plotting (preferably size within MB range), as well as any code used to perform that data reduction from raw sources.

  • Remove HTML templating code: Version 2.0 of the framework required that your POD’s top-level driver script take particular steps to assemble its HTML file. In v3.0 these tasks are done by the framework: all that your POD needs to do is generate figures of the appropriate formats and names in the specified folders, and the framework will convert and link them appropriately.

2.3. Conversion from v2.0 environment variables

In v3.0, the paths referred to by the framework’s environment variables have been changed to be specific to your POD. The variables themselves have been renamed to avoid possible confusion. Here’s a table of the appropriate substitutions to make:

Environment variable name conversion

Path Description

v2.0 environment variable expression

Equivalent v3.0 variable

Top-level code repository


No variable set: PODs should not access files outside of their own source code directory within $POD_HOME

POD’s source code

$VARCODE/<pod name>


POD’s observational/supporting data

$VARDATA/<pod name>


POD’s working directory

$variab_dir/<pod name>


Path to requested NetCDF data file for <variable name> at date frequency <freq>

Currently unchanged: $DATADIR/<freq>/$CASENAME.<variable name>.<freq>.nc

Other v2.0 paths


No equivalent variable set. PODs shouldn’t access files outside of their own directories; instead use one of the quantities above.