The dynamic core of the ICON (icosahedral non-hydrostatic general circulation model) is a joint of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Meteorology and the German Weather Service. The climate version of ICON, developed at MPI for Meteorology, combines this new dynamic core with the physics approaches of the climate model ECHAM. Icon is designed for massive parallel computer architectures. The ICON model is still under development; it should become the future German climate model.
The DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics participates in the development of ICON. We concentrate on the representation of ice clouds and on the integration of complex model diagnostics in massive parallel computer architectures with distributed memory.