Oregon State University / University of Victoria Climate Model (OSUVic)

Animation of daily vertically integrated water vapor content simulated by OSUVic at T42 resolution (color) and orography (contour lines at 0 m from UVic grid, and 500 m and 1 km isoline difference between 1 km and 6 km from PlaSim grid).


OSUVic is a climate model developed at Oregon State University by Tiago Silva and Andreas Schmittner. It consists of the UVic Earth System Model, which we amended with a simplified atmospheric general circulation model (Planet Simulator) coupled using OASIS for coupling of surface fluxes. It includes clouds, water vapor, radiation, ocean circulation, sea ice and is available at two horizontal resolutions in the atmosphere (T21 and T42). A detailed description can be found here. This is a contribution of the NSF funded project PALEOVAR.



On UNIX/Linux platform unzip and untar the file:

Follow installation instructions here (click on OSUVic) or open osuvic0.4.htm in the docs subdirectory in a browser.

Other items you may need:

For questions about installation or use contact Andreas Schmittner.


  • Schmittner, A., Silva, T. A. M., Fraedrich, K., Kirk, E. and Lunkeit, F. (2011)
    Effects of Mountains and Ice Sheets on Global Ocean Circulation
    J. Climate, 24, 2814-2829, doi:10.1175/2010JCLI3982.1.