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UK Earth System Modelling project: UKESM1 now released

13 Feb 2019 - The 1st version of the UK Earth system model (UKESM1), jointly developed by NERC and the Met Office Hadley Centre, is now released for use by UK researchers.

UKESM1 consists of the HadGEM3 coupled physical climate model plus additional components that model key biogeochemical, chemistry, aerosol and vegetation processes. Two model configurations are available following the CMIP6 pre-industrial and historical (1850-2014) experiment protocols. Instructions are also provided on how to run the model following either the CMIP6 1% transient CO2 or abrupt 4xCO2 protocols. An atmosphere-land only (AMIP) version of UKESM1 will be released shortly.

Researchers wishing to use UKESM1 should go to the NCAS Computational Modelling Services site, where instructions are provided on how to access and configure the model to run on NERC and Met Office computer systems.

For more information on the UKESM project, please visit the UKESM website.

UKC2 Regional Coupled Prediction System

A paper about the UKC2 Regional Coupled Prediction System from the UK Environmental Prediction Team, which includes scientists from NOC, CEH, PML, the University of Oxford and the Met Office, has been published in Geoscientific Model Development.

Progress in UK Environmental Prediction research

Over 50 UK scientists working across atmosphere, hydrology, land surface, marine biogeochemistry, ocean and wave sciences met at Reading University for two days in November 2017 to review research progress in regional coupled modelling under the UK Environmental Prediction initiative.

The workshop included presentations from scientists working at the Met Office, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), highlighting recent progress in developing and using the latest UK coupled prediction system. Find out more in the workshop summary.

Workshop summary (PDF, 1·3MB)

UKESM-LTSM project meeting 4-5 July 2016

The UKESM-LTSM project celebrates its kick-off meeting on the 4th and 5th of July at the University of Reading.

Success in Major EU Research and Innovation programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years. Two proposals structured around JWCRP priorities (High Resolution Modelling and Earth System modelling) have been successful in the advanced Earth-system models call:

  • PRIMAVERA, led by Malcolm Roberts (Met Office) and Pier Luigi Vidale (NCAS), aims to advance and apply European coupled (physical) high resolution climate models.

  • CRESCENDO (PDF, 7KB), led by Colin Jones (NCAS), aims to improve the process realism and future climate projection reliability of European ESMs, while evaluating and documenting the performance quality of these models using a project-developed and openly-available community ESM evaluation tool (ESMValTool).

For further information, please contact the project coordinators Malcolm Roberts () and Colin Jones ().

MONSooN User Visits 2015

A team from the Met Office will be visiting the institutes listed below to discuss recent improvements to the MONSooN Collaboration system. These visits are for existing and prospective users of MONSooN. Further details are available in the document MONSooN site visits (PDF, 274KB).

  • Tuesday 24 February 2015 - National Oceanographic Centre, Waterfront Campus, Southampton
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015 - Cambridge University: Dept of Chemistry, Lensfield Road
  • Thursday 26 February 2015 - Oxford University: Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road
  • Friday 27 February 2015 - Reading University: Dept of Meteorology, Earley Gate
  • Tuesday 10 March 2015 - Leeds University: School of Earth & Environment, Woodhouse Lane

Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection Across Scales - Announcement of opportunity

The Met Office and NERC are funding a joint programme which aims to significantly improve the representation of convection across a range of scales (primarily 1 to 100km grid lengths) in the UK's weather, climate and Earth system modelling systems. The programme will deliver a better understanding of convective processes and their interactions with atmospheric flows and the translation of this understanding into new convection parametrisation schemes. A workshop to develop the scope and structure of the programme was held at the Met Office on 2 February 2015.

Cascade Downstream Workshop on Convection Modelling

The Cascade Downstream Workshop on Convection Modelling took place from 7-8 October 2014 at the University of Reading.

Meeting of the new Strategic Programme Board

On 9 December 2013, the Met Office hosted the JWCRP Science Programme Board (SPB) for their first meeting under the new governance structure. The new SPB includes Heads of Centres from NCAS, CEH, NOC, BAS, NCEO and PML as well as the Met Office Chief Scientist and Deputy Directors from Science. The high level of commitment to the JWCRP is a reflection of the importance given to the JWCRP by NERC and the Met Office. There was great enthusiasm from the board members during the meeting. Julia Slingo, the co-chair of the SPB noted that "These are brave projects that we are now in a position to support".

MONSooN User Visits 7-11 October 2013

Met Office staff who manage the MONSooN facility visited a number of universities and met with users to talk about the service. The main aims of the visits were to improve communication, inform people regarding the status of the service, and understand the challenges faced by the external users. The trip was very successful and provided the service team with valuable user feedback which will help improve the service. We also gained a useful insight into the value of the service to NERC/ Met Office collaboration.

"I am very happy to say how incredibly important the MONSooN platform has been to us, both in terms of doing science that would otherwise not have been possible and in terms of increasing our collaboration with Met Office colleagues. The last few years have been extremely productive for us as a team and it has altogether been a win-win situation. I am very happy that the success of the MONSooN platform has been recognised and expansion is underway." - Professor Lesley Gray, AOPP, Dept of Physics, University of Oxford.

Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection Across Scales - Dartington Hall Workshop

This meeting was held at Dartington Hall, Devon, UK on 28-30 January 2013.