Articles | Volume 11, issue 9
Development and technical paper
06 Sep 2018
Development and technical paper |  | 06 Sep 2018

Using a virtual machine environment for developing, testing, and training for the UM-UKCA composition-climate model, using Unified Model version 10.9 and above

Nathan Luke Abraham, Alexander T. Archibald, Paul Cresswell, Sam Cusworth, Mohit Dalvi, David Matthews, Steven Wardle, and Stuart Whitehouse

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Cited articles

Abraham, N. L.: UKCA & UMUI Tutorials for UM8.2, Online Learning Materials,, available at: (last access: 26 March 2018), 2013. 
Abraham, N. L. and Mann, G. W.: UKCA Chemistry and Aerosol Tutorials for UM8.4, Online Learning Materials,, available at: (last access: 26 March 2018), 2014. 
Abraham, N. L. and Mann, G. W.: UKCA Chemistry and Aerosol Tutorials at vn10.4 using Rose & Cylc, Online Learning Materials,, available at: (last access: 26 March 2018), 2016. 
Abraham, N. L., Bellouin, N., and Schmidt, A.: UKCA Chemistry and Aerosol Tutorials at vn10.9 using Rose & Cylc, Online Learning Materials,, available at: (last access: 26 March 2018), 2017. 
Short summary
Using a virtual machine environment, a low-resolution configuration of the United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosols (UKCA) composition-climate model has been developed. This configuration, while not suitable for long simulations, is an excellent test-bed for new model developments and can be used to train new users in how to use UKCA. This work was motivated by the desire to improve the usability of UKCA, and to encourage more users to become involved with the code development process.