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Introduction to UKCA 2021

The Introduction to UKCA course will return for 2021 in a new, online format for PhD students and early career researchers.

The climate modelling course, which forms part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science expert-led training programme, introduces students to the UKCA model through practical exercises and tuition. The course will run from Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 5th February 20201.

The UKCA model is a community model for atmospheric chemistry and aerosol interactions. It is used globally and can be widely applied to environmental change research, including climate change.

“By the end of the course, we aim for students to feel confident adding new species and reactions to the UKCA model, know how to change and add emissions, and manage model outputs.”

Dr Luke Abraham, National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of Cambridge

With support from experienced modellers throughout, students on the Introduction to UKCA will be taken through the modeling process step-by-step, from setting up the model to running experiments.

The course is led by Dr Luke Abraham from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of Cambridge, who hopes students leave the course feeling confident using the main parts of the model, and adapting it to specific purposes.

The UKCA model was built as a sub-model of the Met Office Unified Model, which can be explored through our Introduction to Unified Model course.