Documentation for PISM, a parallel Ice Sheet Model

NEWS: PISM stable0.6 release available

The Parallel Ice Sheet Model pism0.6 is an open source, parallel, high-resolution ice sheet model. Features:

  • hierarchy of available stress balances
  • marine ice sheet physics, dynamic calving fronts
  • polythermal, enthalpy-based conservation of energy scheme
  • subglacial hydrology and till model
  • extensible coupling to atmospheric and ocean models
  • inversion toolbox in Python
  • verification and validation tools
  • complete documentation for users and developers
  • uses MPI and PETSc for parallel simulations
  • reads and writes CF-compliant NetCDF

PISM Application of the Month

February 2014

Click the image to go to the Quaternary Science Reviews page.

Glaciology and geological signature of the Last Glacial Maximum Antarctic ice sheet
investigators: N. Golledge and 12 others
journal: Quaternary Science Reviews

Continent-wide marine and terrestrial geological evidence constrains the dynamical configuration of the Antarctic ice sheet during the last, and possibly preceding, glacial maxima. This paper interprets results from a remarkably high-resolution (5 km) PISM model using this evidence, focussing on the basal thermal regime of the ice sheet, its flow pattern, variability in subglacial erosion and sediment transport, and how these characteristics evolve during glacial transitions. The results show that rapid basal sliding in discrete outlets eroded and advected sediment to the continental shelf primarily during the early stages of advance and retreat of the ice sheet. Sector-by-sector analysis of geologic constraints, exquisite figures showing sediment transport paths through tight geographic confinements, and careful consideration of peak erosion timing set a new standard for validating high-resolution time-dependent model results with extensive geophysical evidence.

2014/02/02 10:48 · Ed Bueler

Latest News

Continued NASA funding supports PISM development through 2017

We have been notified that two PISM-supporting NASA research proposals have been selected for funding, one in the Cryospheric Sciences program and one in the Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (MAP) program. Our proposed research threads focus on the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet and on the exploitation of NASA remote observations as constraints. The current MAP grant expires in the next few months, so this news is timely. The new grants support PISM development and application for four years, through mid-2017. They include support for UAF researchers Ed Bueler, Andy Aschwanden, and Mark Fahnestock, and full-time support for scientific programmer Constantine Khroulev.

2013/03/04 20:26 · Ed Bueler

2012 was a good year for authors using PISM

In 2012 ten papers were published by scientists using PISM. The articles appeared in these journals:

  • Nature
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Climate Dynamics
  • The Cryosphere (2 papers)
  • Journal of Glaciology (3 papers)

For details see the PISM Publications tab.

2013/01/12 22:47 · Ed Bueler

PISM team

PISM is jointly developed at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). UAF developers, who are in the Glaciers Group at the GI, are supported by NASA's Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction and Cryospheric Sciences Programs (grants NAG5-11371, NNX09AJ38C, NNX13AM16G, NNX13AK27G) and by the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.

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