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Projects by PISM Users

PISM users around the world

PISM has a growing user community. The figure above, and this page, lists some known users. If your PISM-based project is not listed here, and you want it to be, please let us know by sending an e-mail to

Antarctica: Future sea level rise and SeaRISE assessment runs (PIK)

Simulations of the present and future states of the Antarctic ice sheet, and model modifications to improve whole-marine-ice-sheet modeling, including Winkelmann et al. (2011), Martin et al. (2011), Levermann (2011), Winkelmann and Levermann (2012), and Winkelmann et al. (2012).


Ice shelf dynamics (PIK)

Models for Antarctic ice shelves with dynamically-evolving calving fronts, including Larsen, Ross, and Ronne-Filchner ice shelves, including Albrecht et al. (2011), Albrecht and Levermann (2012), and Levermann et al. (2012).


Greenland ice sheet states (CIC)

Studies of the extent of the Greenland ice sheet during the Pliocene and Pleistocene glaciations and the transition from glacial to interglacial conditions, and analysis of multiple states in different climates including Solgaard et al. (2011), Solgaard and Langen (2012), Langen et al. (2012), and Solgaard et al. (2013).


Neoproterozoic glaciations (DMI)

Understanding Neoproterozoic glaciations, open ocean regions, and equatorial ice sheets using a modified version of PISM coupled to the MPI general circulation model ECHAM5, including Rodehacke et al. (2013).


  • Christian Rodehacke, DMI

Northern hemisphere ice sheets at the LGM (MPI)

Simulations of the Laurentide ice sheet, Heinrich events, and other LGM ice sheets using a modified version of PISM coupled to the MPI general circulation model ECHAM5. Posters:


New Zealand glaciation at the LGM (VUW)

Simulations of the New Zealand Southern Alps icefield at the Last Glacial Maximum (circa 30,000-20,000 years ago) in an attempt to constrain the climate of that period, including Golledge et al. (2012).


Tide-water glacier dynamics on Svalbard (IMAU)

Models for tide-water glacier Nordenskiöldbreen and ice cap Austfonna, and for simplified glacier surge events, including van Pelt and Oerlemans (2012) and van Pelt et al. (2013).


Cordilleran ice sheet through a glacial cycle (INK)

Cooling experiments

Simulation of the glaciation of the North American Cordillera under various climates colder than today. See results and a poster updated January 2013.


Modeling of outlet glaciers (UAF)

Development of tools and examples for basin-by-basin “regional” application of PISM to the Greenland ice sheet. Here is a PDF poster from AGU 2011, and a PDF thesis is here.


Inversion of surface velocities (UAF)

Mathematical techniques and scalable implementations for inverting observed surface velocities, including Habermann et al. (2012). The goal is to have basal resistance fields which are compatible with properly spun-up states, and generate better forecasts.


Modelling the outlet glaciers terminating in Godthab fjord, Greenland (CIC)

See the poster presented at EGU 2012 (Vienna), the poster presented at IGS 2012 (Fairbanks), and the video for the latter.


  • Antje Fitzner (Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark)

HIRHAM5 + PISM for Greenland in next 200 years (DMI)

At the Danish Climate Centre, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Copenhagen Denmark, PISM is being coupled with regional and global climate models. This project uses the high resolution regional climate model HIRHAM5 to model the Greenland ice sheet, focusing on the next 200 years. This work is supported by the EU FP7 project ice2sea (, and it contributes climate simulations to the Greenland Climate Research Centre.


  • Ruth Mottram
  • Philippe Lucas-Picher
  • Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen
  • Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir

Global model simulations with coupled PISM and EC-Earth model (DMI)

This work is supported by the EU FP7 project COMBINE (


  • Shuthing Yang
  • Marianne Sloth Madsen
  • Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir

Antarctic dynamics at the Last Glacial Maximum (VUW)

The Antarctic Research Centre is using PISM to study Antarctic ice sheet behaviours during key periods of the past, particularly the LGM and the mid-Pliocene, including Golledge et al. (2012) and Golledge et al. (2013).


Deglaciation of WAIS (IMAU)

Antarctic long-term dynamics and GIA (DUR)

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