The registration to this course is now open. Please, bring your own laptop. All the PATC courses at BSC are free of charge.

Course conveners: Marc Guevara, Carles Tena and Maria Teresa Pay Perez

This training will be online via zoom.

Course lecturers: Earth Sciences Department researchers involved in the group of Computational Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Composition, Climate Prediction and Earth System Services. Final lectures TBA.

Objectives: The objective of this PATC course is to cover the basics of a high performance computing (HPC) environment oriented towards earth science applications, specifically chemical weather modelling and climate modelling.

More precisely, the course will cover:

  • Introduction to earth science fundamentals and modelling;
  • Basic usage of an HPC environment: shell, compilers, libraries, file systems, queuing system and parallel computing;
  • Build and configure targeted earth science applications with the NMMB/BSC-CTM chemical transport model and with the EC-EARTH climate model;
  • Execute and monitor numerical experiments using a workflow manager;
  • Analyse and visualise model outputs with a wide set of tools.

Learning outcomes: Participants will learn and gain experience in accessing an HPC facility, installing earth science numerical models and related utilities and libraries, running numerical simulations, monitoring the execution of supercomputing jobs, analysing and visualising model results.

Level: (All courses are designed for specialists with at least 1st cycle degree or similar background experience)
For trainees with some theoretical and practical knowledge

At least University degree in progress on Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences or related area
Basic knowledge of UNIX
Knowledge of C, FORTRAN, MPI or openMP is recommended
Knowledge of Earth Sciences data formats is recommended (grib, netcdf, hdf,…)

Knowledge of R and Python


Day 1 (Nov. 10) – 4.5h

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction of the BSC Earth Sciences Department. (Francisco Doblas-Reyes, Head of BSC-ES Department)
10:15-10:30 Technical and logistic information. (Maria Teresa Pay and Carles Tena)
10:30-11:00 Introduction to earth science fundamentals and modelling. (Raffaele Bernardello)
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:00 Introduction to Linux and HPC, BSC facilities, PRACE and RES + preparation/checks for hands-on tutorial after lunch break (Mario Acosta)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00 HPC hands-on tutorial. At the end of this tutorial, the students will be able to compile and execute jobs on Mare Nostrum 4. (Mario Acosta and Miguel Castrillo and Carles Tena)

Day 2 (Nov 11) – 3.5h

9:30-10:00 Lecture on the EC-EARTH climate model. (Raffaele Bernardello)
10:00-10:30 Lecture on the NMMB-MONARCH atmosphere chemistry model. (Oriol Jorba)
10:30-11:00 Lecture on setting up and running the NMMB-MONARCH model with Autosubmit. (Francesca Macchia and Gilbert Montane)
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:30 Model hands-on tutorial. Students will run a prepared case. (Francesca Macchia and Gilbert Montane and Carles Tena and Maria Teresa Pay)

Day 3 (Nov 12) – 3h

10:00-11:00 Introduction to analysis and visualisation tools for model outputs (s2dverification, MapGenerator, CDO, NCO, panoply, ncview) (Francesco Benincasa)
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:30 Analysis hands-on tutorial. Students will apply tools for analysis and visualisation to the outputs created the day before. (Francesco Benincasa and Carles Tena and Maria Teresa Pay)


Online via Zoom

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