The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading (UREAD) is the largest in Europe with over 20 teaching staff, 80 research staff and around 50 PhD students. It has received the highest research rating of 5* in all UK Research Assessment Exercises, indicating an international reputation in all aspects of research. It is a member of Reading’s Walker Institute for Climate System Research, established to promote integrative research across the University. This is reflected in the long-standing presence of staff from the UK Met Office, and the presence of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). The department also works closely with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), which is located close to the University.

The Department hosts the Computational Modeling Services group of the UK’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS-CMS). The NCAS-CMS group at Reading provides modeling support the U.K. academic community for a wide range of climate and earth-system areas on several supercomputer platforms. The scope of support provided is wide ranging, covering areas as diverse as code management; model performance optimization; access to and management of high-performance compute and data services. It currently consists of 12 scientists, several of whom are on grants from NERC and other organizations, with a core of staff funded by NCAS. NCAS-CMS has strong links with the UK Met Office and works closely with them on many aspects of model infrastructure development and deployment. In addition to providing support NCAS-CMS is actively developing software for data processing, analysis, and visualization.

Role in the project

NCAS-CMS will contribute to the design of the specification to define a framework in which several modelling systems can be run seamlessly and will implement the specification for use in the 3rd E2SCMS Summer School.

Names of the colleagues involved

Dr. Grenville Lister, Prof. Pier Luigi Vidale

Relevant infrastructure and services available for climate & weather

NCAS-CMS manage much of the HPC atmospheric modeling infrastructure and resource allocation on the National HPC Service (ARCHER) for the UK academic community, through model installation, support, optimization, provision of end-to-end numerical modeling project services.  We develop and maintain software for use in data processing, data analysis, and data visualization.

NCAS-CMS delivers bi-annual training for the UK Met Office Unified Model and related software tools and utilities.