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URANOS - The Ultra Rapid Adaptable Neutron-Only Simulation for Environmental Research

M. Köhli 1, M. Schrön 2, S. Zacharias 2, and U. Schmidt 1

1 Physics Institute, Heidelberg University,
2 Department of Monitoring and Exploration Technologies, UFZ Leipzig

Cite as:
Köhli, M., Schrön, M., Zacharias, S., and Schmidt, U.: URANOS v1.0 – the Ultra Rapid Adaptable Neutron-Only Simulation for Environmental Research, Geosci. Model Dev., 16, 449–477, 2023. doi:10.5194/gmd-16-449-2023


URANOS is a Monte Carlo toolkit specifically tailored for environmental sciences. It can be used to simulate cosmogenic neutron radiation near the Earth's surface and to study its response to environmental factors, such as soil water content, snow, or biomass.

Key features:

  • stand-alone executable,
  • parallelization (can run performantly in multiple parallel instances),
  • graphical user interface (optional) for the command line.
  • 3D voxel engine to allow the generation of complex environments

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Supporters during 9 years of development

We particularily appreciate the support from Jannis Weimar, Paul Schattan, Daniel Rasche, Jannis Jakobi, Cosimo Brogi, Sugan Kanagasenthinathan, Patrick Stowell, Tatsuhiko Sato, Peter Dietrich.