MICOM (Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model)

Posted March 20, 2002,19:04
Institution: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Contact: rbleck@rsmas.miami.edu
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The MICOM group is based in the RSMAS Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO). It is engaged in research and graduate instruction using the Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model as the principal tool. Simplified versions of the Miami model have been used for 15 years in a number of process studies. Large-scale applications of the fully configured model now include simulations of individual basin circulations and of the global ocean, involving scientists from the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil, Norway, and other countries. Support for this work is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Early basin-scale simulations were carried out on Cray Y-MP and Cray C-90 supercomputers operated, respectively, by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the U.K. National Environmental Research Council. With help from computer scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota, MICOM versions suitable for execution on MPPs (massively parallel processors) and SMPs (shared memory multiprocessors) have been created. A global, SMP version of MICOM is presently running on a Silicon Graphic Origin 2000 cluster at Los Alamos, while a very-high-resolution (1/12o) North Atlantic MPP simulation was initially carried out on the 512-node Cray T3E at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and is being continued on the Cray T3E at the Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center. Coupled ocean-atmosphere experiments and various regional and process studies are presently being pursued at RSMAS and elsewhere.