Aronnax: an idealised isopycnal model

I spent the first part of my PhD working with a very simplified model of the ocean – the science didn’t go anywhere, but eventually the model did. After moving to MIT I was lucky enough to work with a real programmer and together we improved the model substantially. I learnt a lot working with Alexey, and am very excited about the new and improved model. It’s easier to use, comes with vastly improved documentation, and the Fortran is hidden behind a friendly Python wrapper. Our short paper describing the model has just been published in the Journal of Open Source Software.

If you’ve been looking for a fast and flexible isopycnal model, then Aronnax might be just what you’re after.


The experience of being a scientist can be much like the duck pictured above; head down and focused on the details. Since arriving in Oxford I’ve come to realise that science without communication, while no less worthy, is much less useful. This then, is my attempt to come up for air and to not always be like the duck in the picture.

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