Also known as
Model type Modular
Model part of larger framework
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 3D
Spatial extent Continental, Global
Model domain Marine
One-line model description MOM6 is the latest generation of the Modular Ocean Model which is a numerical model code for simulating the ocean general circulation.
Extended model description MOM6 is the latest generation of the Modular Ocean Model which is a numerical model code for simulating the ocean general circulation. MOM6 represents a major algorithmic departure from the previous generations of MOM (up to and including MOM5). Most notably, it uses the Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) algorithm in the vertical direction to allow the use of any vertical coordinate system including, geo-potential coordinates (z or z*), isopycnal coordinates, terrain-following coordinates and hybrid-/user-defined coordinates. It is also based on the horizontal C-grid stencil, rather than the B-grid used by earlier MOM versions.

Ocean Model, ocean circulation,

First name MOM6
Last name User community
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization GFDL - NOAA
Postal address 1
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Town / City Princeton
Postal code 08540
State New Jersey
Country United States
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Supported platforms Unix, Linux, Mac OS
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Programming language Fortran90
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Code optimized Multiple Processors
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Start year development 2016
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Program license type GPL v3
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? No
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component No but possible
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MOM6 User community
Nr. of publications: 3
Total citations: 21
h-index: 2
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Nr. of publications: 3
Total citations: 21
h-index: 2

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Gibson, Angus H.; Hogg, Andrew McC.; Kiss, Andrew E.; Shakespeare, Callum J.; Adcroft, Alistair; 2017-11-01. Attribution of horizontal and vertical contributions to spurious mixing in an Arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian ocean model. Ocean Modelling, 119, 45–56. 10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.09.008
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