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Study the UKCA model

Dates: TBC – 2021
Location: Virtual Course

The Introduction to UKCA course will provide 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. 

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.
  • Teaching staff

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


    Applications closed

    Applicants must be familiar with the Unified Model, FCM and Rose systems, which are used for managing code and running the UKCA model. If you don’t have the necessary experience, we encourage you to attend our Unified Model training course.

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    Course schedule

    A virtual course will be scheduled for 2021. Dates to be confirmed soon.


    Full academic rate £175
    Educational discounted rate £115

    This may be available to students of post-doctoral researchers not eligible for the subsidised rate.

    NCAS subsidised rate £55

    This rate is available to UK and EU students attending UK universities, or students supervised by NCAS staff.

    Once you have been offered a place on this course, you will be asked to pay the course fees via the University of Leeds online store.

    Commercial Rate

    Attendees from commercial organisations should contact training@ncas.ac.uk.to discuss the course fee.

    The course fee includes all tuition, activities, materials and organised social events.

    Travel and accomodation


    Accommodation is not provided as part of the course and students should arrange their own.


    Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transport to and from the course.

    Terms and conditions


    Attendees are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from their home organisation by the confirmation deadline. All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.

    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.