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Unified Model

The Met Office Unified Model (UM) is the name given to the suite of numerical modelling software developed and used at the Met Office. The UM modelling software is designed so that the model can be run in atmosphere-only (global or limited area), ocean-only or in coupled atmosphere-ocean mode.

The Unified Model is used by the UK Met Office for operational numerical weather prediction and by the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research to simulate and predict the Earth's climate.

UM versions

The UM undergoes significant changes as new scientific enhancements are introduced or new features are added, and so the Met Office release new versions regularly (approx. 3-4 times a year).

NCAS-CMS only supports a subset of the versions that have been released. See the supported versions page for the list of supported UM versions and platforms.

Documentation relating to each UM version, including the UM User Guides, is available on the Met Office Science Repository Service (MOSRS) here. Note you must be registered to access this service. ContactUs for information on getting an account.

Documentation for older UM versions is available here. (A password is required in order to access the majority of the documentation.)

UM Configurations

Climate Configurations

In order to run the climate model, users need to have access to a set of files that will enable them to run a particular scientific version of the climate model (describing exactly the physical and dynamical choices within the UM system). 2 climate model 'families' (HadGEM2 and HadGEM3) are routinely being used and actively developed for climate research by the Met Office Hadley Centre. These models differ very significantly in terms of their numerical and physical formulation. The Met Office have released several configurations of these models and NCAS-CMS have ported these "standard" configurations to the National HPC ARCHER.

See UM Configurations page for full details.

Parallel Suites and NWP Configurations

See Parallel Suites? page

Mesoscale Modelling

Information specific to Mesoscale Modelling can be found here.

Source Code and STASHmaster Browsers

The UM Fortran source code is available to to view via the UM Trac Code Browser or alternatively, the UM source code has been converted into a hyperlinked website.

See UM Source Code Browsers

Running the UM

The UM is a complex software sytem so a new user should read the documentation available on this web site and complete the UM training provided by NCAS.

The UM software needs to be properly installed so that the scripts, tools, code and files for running an experiment are available. NCAS installs and maintains the supported UM versions on the UK national high performance computers. All NCAS researchers can use the UM on these services, details of getting accounts can be found on this web site. [ more information .... ]

UM experiments need input files to run and they create output files for diagnosing the experiment. NCAS has created a set of tools and utilities, to supplement the standard ones from the UK Met Office, to support the creation, manipulation and use of these UM files. [ more information .... ]

Detailed documentation for running a UM experiment on the UK high performance computers can be found here .

For information on running a coupled UM run with NEMO ocean and CICE sea-ice see the NEMO-CICE wiki.