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UM Training Index

UM Introduction Course

NCAS-CMS organises 3-day workshops that introduce the UM infrastructure for UK researchers, to help new users past the initial steep learning curve usually involved with UM modelling.

These course are usually run twice a year. The next course will be held on 13-15 December at the University of Reading. Please ContactUs for details on how to apply.

The course includes a series of short lectures covering a variety of topics including:

  • An overview of the UM modelling system
  • Running UM suites
  • Using the Rose/cylc application & workflow management system
  • Version control with FCM
  • UM data files
  • Tools & utilities for working with UM files.

Users are guided through a significant practical component, which involves setting up and running an experiment on ARCHER, as well as typical activities, such as debugging common problems.

By the end of the course users should feel comfortable running standard UM configurations, and making basic suite changes. In particular users will learn how to:

  • Set up their environment in order to run the UM.
  • Run a basic suite; and a more complex global climate (GA7) suite.
  • Work with Rose/cylc tools: Rosie for suite discovery, Rose suite editor, cylc GUI for managing running suite, and Rose-bush for viewing log files.
  • Make typical suite changes such as the run length, input files, output diagnostics, and scientific settings.
  • Diagnose and overcome common errors.
  • Find output data and log files.
  • Analyse UM data files using common tools.
  • Find further information.

Material from previous courses:

Rose Conversion Course

Rose & Cylc are the replacement user interface and job submission/control system for the UMUI from UM version 10.x. NCAS-CMS ran a 1-day course for users already familiar with running the UM under the UMUI in September 2016, and it is our intention to run this course again in 2017. This course does not cover how the UM itself works so new users are encouraged to attend the UM Introduction Course instead.

The majority of the course will be hands-on exercises supplemented with lectures, covering the following topics:

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

Material from previous courses:

To enquire about dates for future courses please ContactUs.

Other Courses

  • UM Rose tutorial
    The Met Office Rose tutorial for UM 10.3. This covers the basics of running the UM with Rose.
  • UM FCM tutorial
    An overview of the UM's flexible configuration management system. This tutorial gives a step-by-step guide to running jobs and adding your own code changes.


We expect course attendees to have the following background knowledge. Most users will have this, but if not do check the links given.