Some climate scientists go overboard when naming their models, in an effort to create really clever acronyms. Here are my favourites.
- GELATO (Global Experimental Leads and ice for ATmosphere and Ocean), a sea ice model from France. Often this is coupled to NEMO, an ocean model, to make NEMO-GELATO. As someone who grew up with Pixar films, I find this rather unappetizing.
- TRIFFID (Top-down Representation of Interactive Foliage and Flora Including Dynamics), a vegetation model from the Hadley Centre which is also used in the UVic ESCM. Obviously there are some sci-fi fans at the Met Office.
- SCAM (Single-column Community Atmosphere Model) from NCAR. What were they thinking?
The policy of one large corporation I’m familiar with is that names should be common and easy to remember. One that easily comes to mind is Apple.
How about Elmer? http://www.elmerfem.org/
One of my favorites is Smultron. http://www.peterborgapps.com/smultron/
And Smultron’s cousin, Fraise. http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33751/fraise
Their used to be a single-column version of the Hadley Centre unified model, known unofficially as SCUM.
And of course, there is the Hadley Centre for “Climate Research And Prediction”, itself.
Rather appropriate that TRIFFID is a vegetation model.
ooh, i love TRIFFID :-)
the world of high-energy physics is always particularly good at producing horrifically cleve^Wcontrived acronyms: BaBar, SLAC, TOTEM, ALICE, ATLAS, DONUT, MoEDAL, GEANT, MINERνA. though that sort of averages out with the boringly functional ones that make up the balance (CMS, D0, CDF, LHCb).
China’s percapita is close to the EU average, and OECD is now one-third of emissions. That is a faster drop than even I thought possible. I reported 45% on this blog not too long ago. India increased 6%, China 9% while US dropped 2%, Japan and Europe dropped 3% and 2%.
Hmm, off toÃpic?
TRIFFID rocks, very nice acronym :)