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Study the UKCA model

Dates: Provisional Dates: December 4th-8th 2023
Location: University of Cambridge

Our Introduction to UK Chemistry Aerosol (UKCA) Model course provides practical experience of running a community chemistry-aerosol climate model. 

The UKCA model is based on the Met Office Unified Model and the atmospheric composition module of the UK Earth System Model.

You will receive support from expert UKCA users at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and gain experience of setting up and running experiments on the model. 

Applications are now closed.

How to apply

Applications will open in summer 2023

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Learning outcomes

We aim for students to:

  • Be proficient using the main parts of the UKCA model and adapting it to specific purposes;
  • Feel confident adding new species and reactions to the model;
  • Know how to change and add emissions;
  • Manage model outputs, add diagnostics and examine impacts.
  • Prerequisites

    Students should ideally have knowledge of Fortran, Python, the Unified Model, FCM, Rose, and Cylc.

    Teaching staff

    Computer modellers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and our research partners will introduce you to the UKCA.

    Course schedule

    The course will be run over five full days in a computer room, and with lectures in a lecture theatre.


    This course has been funded via the NERC training awards, and this covers all UK travel costs, food and accommodation.

    Priority will be given to NERC-funded applicants in the first instance, as per the conditions of the funding. All other places will be allocated to those who will benefit most from the course based on the supporting statement provided on the application form.

    Travel and accommodation

    All UK travel costs, food and accommodation are included.

    Accommodation will be provided at the University of Cambridge. Students should arrange their own travel and will be reimbursed after the course. Students should not arrange any travel until their place has been confirmed.

    Terms and conditions

    Cancellations/ refunds

    Attendee cancellations are subject to a £50 administration fee, plus any accommodation cancellation costs incurred by us, where the cancellation is made more than six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) before the date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.

    No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable. In the event that a place can be filled by another student then the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) will be refunded once the replacement student has paid in full.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to training@ncas.ac.uk.

    Amendments and cancellations

    It may be necessary for us to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, we will provide a full refund. For all bookings, the liability of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee paid to the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds by the delegate.