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Met Office and NERC joint supercomputer system (MONSooN)

The MONSooN supercomputing resource consists of 30 IBM Power 6 compute nodes and 100TB of long-term storage. (Photo: Met Office/SWNS)

MONSooN delivers supercomputing infrastructure to enable collaboration between NERC and Met Office scientists: a common computing platform, post-processing capability, fast data link and access to data archives.

Key Aims

The aim of MONSooN (the Met Office and NERC Supercomputing Node) is to enable easier collaboration between scientists based at the Met Office and those funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), who are based in universities and research centres. It addresses two of the key objectives of the JWCRP - ensuring that the UK has access to internationally competitive tools for forecasting climate and its impacts, and enabling closer collaboration between NERC and the Met Office.

Current Projects

  • MONSooN will be used for research into a number of modelling issues, including the representation of aerosols and ozone, the prediction of storms and increasing the resolution of climate models. The output from the science carried out on MONSooN will be used by policy makers, enabling them to make more informed and timely decisions on issues like adaptation to future climate change. The Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES)  and the United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosols (UKCA) Model model will both be taking advantage of the benefits of this shared resource.
  • A Collaboration Wiki is available for MONSooN users and other licenced Unified Model users, providing news, support, operational and project information.

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