IntroductionTOMCAT/SLIMCAT is a three-dimensional (3D) off-line chemical transport model (CTM). The model uses winds and temperatures from meteorological analyses (e.g. from the UK Met Office or ECMWF) to specify the atmospheric transport and temperatures and calculates the abundances of chemical species in the troposphere and stratosphere. The model has the option of detailed chemical scheme(s) for the stratosphere and troposphere. The model can be used to simulate the past and current atmosphere, help interpret observations, and to diagnose the extent of problems such as stratospgeric ozone depletion or tropospheric pollution.
HistoryThe first version of TOMCAT was written by Martyn Chipperfield (MPC) Meteo-France in Toulouse in 1992 with the help of Pascal Simon. At this stage the model was used for stratospheric chemistry studies. From 1993 the use and development of the model followed MPC to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Around 1995 MPC wrote SLIMCAT. This was a stratosphere-only version of TOMCAT formulated on isentropic levels. At this time TOMCAT became a 'tropospheric' model and varrious people in Cambridge helped to add treatments of e.g. convection, boundary layer mixing, and tropospheric chemistry. MPC moved to Leeds in 1999 where the model development continues. Recently, SLIMCAT has been extended downwards to include the troposphere. As the two former models were so similar, it made maintenance/development easier to merge TOMCAT and SLIMCAT into a single library with a choice of vertical coordinate (and other things), so that one model covers all of the applications. Depending on the coordinate use, the model is still referred to as TOMCAT or SLIMCAT.
Main Model Details
Model AnimationsSome animations of TOMCAT/SLIMCAT results are given here.