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MC-KPP: The Multi-Column KPP Ocean Model

These are the official development pages and subversion repository for the Multi-Column K Profile Parameterization ocean model (MC-KPP), developed by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading. MC-KPP builds on the original KPP mixing scheme of Large et al. (1994). The model runs as a matrix of one-dimensional water columns, with many extensions that allow the model to be coupled to atmospheric GCMs for long climate simulations (e.g., the computation and application of heat and salt corrections).

Currently MC-KPP supports coupling to the Met Office Unified Model (MetUM), as well as to the NCEP Global Forecast System. When coupled to the MetUM, we refer to the model as MetUM-GOML. The current version is MetUM-GOML2, comprising the MetUM Global Atmosphere 6.0 coupled to MC-KPP version 1.1. MetUM-GOML1 uses Global Atmosphere 3.0 coupled to MC-KPP 1.0. Previous MetUM-coupled configurations were called HadKPP (HadAM3+KPP) and HadGEM3-KPP. More information about supported coupled-model configurations is available, including a list of supported MetUM software versions.

Some Wiki pages containing further information about the KPP modelling framework are listed below. Some of these pages require a login, as they contain sensitive information. You will also need a login and password to browse the subversion repository. Those who are already using MC-KPP or MetUM-GOML should be able to login using their puma username and password. If you need access to these pages or to the repository, you should contact Nick Klingaman.

  • The atmospheric models that we support, as well as a list of other institutions using (or interested in using) this framework.

  • Documentation for MC-KPP is available that provides details on namelist options, input and boundary conditions and output diagnostics. The documentation is currently under development; more information will be added shortly. There is also documentation for MetUM-GOML, including a guide to setting up and running some simple experiments on ARCHER.

Coming (relatively) soon!

  • Further information about the MetUM-GOML model.

  • A "Getting Started" guide to using MetUM-GOML.
  • Features and benefits of using MC-KPP and MetUM-GOML (selling points!)

Nick Klingaman leads the development of MC-KPP in NCAS-Climate at Reading. The original quasi-3D KPP code was developed by Steve Woolnough. Further information on our work with KPP can be found on Nick's webpage. If you are interested in using MetUM-GOML or MC-KPP, or if you would like to couple MC-KPP to your atmospheric model of choice, please contact Nick Klingaman.

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