July 2016 - The Met Office successfully hosted the 3rd NAME User Workshop last month, which was organised by members of the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality group and attended by over 35 scientists and pollution experts from within and outside the UK.
The Numerical Atmospheric-Dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) is a Lagrangian model developed by the Met Office to simulate the dispersion of a wide range of airborne pollutants. In recent years, the NAME user community has seen a continuous growth and the first user workshop was established in 2014 to foster interaction among developers and users from the academic, research and governmental sectors both at national and international level.
The 2016 workshop covered interdisciplinary sessions from the latest scientific developments in NAME to applications of the model to atmospheric chemistry and composition, air quality, radiological dispersion and volcanic emissions.
NAME and associated meteorological data has been ported to the NCAS JASMIN platform: the resources currently available were widely illustrated during the second day of the workshop, including the LOTUS cluster, a multi-node high performance computing set-up on which NAME can be run. NAME users are strongly encouraged to exploit the JASMIN facility; some are already using it and a few studies were showcased.
Following the 16 talks and 10 posters presented over the two days, a final breakout discussion session provided valuable feedback from external users. This process raised awareness of the issues and needs currently experienced by both developers and users, which is vital in strengthening and ensuring future growth of the NAME community.
Last updated: 21 July 2016