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Rose/Cylc UM conversion course (5th May 2017)

NCAS-CMS will be running a 1-day Rose/Cylc UM conversion course on Friday 5th May at Reading University. Rose & Cylc are the replacement user interface and job submission/control system for the UMUI for UM version 10.x. The course is aimed at those already familiar with running the UM under the UMUI and will not cover how the UM itself works. (See our UM Training course page for details of other courses we run: The majority of the course will be hands-on exercises supplemented with lectures.

Course contents:

  • Overview of Rose/Cylc
  • Creating & managing suites
  • How to configure, build and run a UM application
  • Examining Rose suite output
  • Common pitfalls and troubleshooting

Please only attend this course if you are planning on using Rose within the next few months. We will be running this course again later in the year, subject to demand.

We still have a few spaces left. To register for this course please email: cms-support@… including a brief summary of what model configurations/versions you intend to be working with.

Course attendees are responsible for paying their own travel costs.

CF Checker 3.0.0 Released

A new version of the CF Checker has been released and is now available for download from Github ( A distribution will also be available on PyPI soon.

This is a major update to remove the dependency on CDAT; moving to use netcdf4-python instead.

UM Introduction Course (29-31 March 2017)

NCAS-CMS will be delivering a 3-day course introducing new users to the Met Office Unified Model with the new Rose/cylc system. The course is a mix of practical exercises and informal lectures covering a range of topics including running suites, code management, file formats and troubleshooting common problems.

The course will be held at the University of Reading from 29-31 March 2017. There is no fee for attending the course, and lunch will be provided. However attendees are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other subsistence costs.

For further details and a link to the registration form see:

Please note, this course is intended for new UM users only. CMS will also be running a 1 day Rose/cylc conversion course for users familiar with running the UM through the UMUI. Details of this will follow soon.

Christmas closure dates

Due to the University of Reading closure during the Christmas and New Year period, CMS will be unavailable from 23 December, returning on 3 January. Any helpdesk queries or other issues will be dealt with when we return. We wish you all a happy holiday!

UM Training November 2016

We recently ran the first, this academic year, of our popular 3 day UM Introduction courses. The course was attended by researchers from around the UK, as well as 3 participants from the US.

For the first time the course focused entirely on running the UM through the Rose/cylc interface. Attendees worked through a series of exercises designed to help users become familiar with the UM software, including how to diagnose common problems. We also had 2 very interesting science talks from Carol Halliwell and Sylvia Bohnenstengel of the Met Office.

The course was very well received with everyone who responded to our request for feedback (11 out of 19 participants) rating the lectures, practicals and facilities good or excellent.

The next course will run 29-31 March 2017, with registration opening in January 2017. For more details see: