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?