Sediments - Computer Models

Computer Modeling of Sedimentary Processes and stratigraphy References

Langhorne "Taury" B. Smith Jr., New York State Geological Survey
Christopher G. St. C. Kendall, University of South Carolina

The listing of modelers on this page was built in 2006. Special emphasis is place on what processes are relevant to simulating carbonate buildups. This page is divided into four sections.
  • Recommendations on how to build a computer model or refine an existing carbonate model. This section includes a list of books that might be consulted when building a model.
  • State of the art of stratigraphic modeling describing activities of 20 modelers who have made important contributions to the understanding stratigraphic simulation of both carbonates and siliciclastics. For each modeler, we may have addresses, e-mail addresses, websites, short descriptions, references and selected papers where applicable. These are followed by extensive lists of other references on carbonate and siliciclastic stratigraphic simulation and the scientists including those of the CSDMS.
  • References for processes and sedimentation including carbonate erosion, transport, shedding, peloid formation and other modern processes. Includes a list of references on quantitative data from modern carbonate settings that should be useful in building a model. This reference list is from a report entitled "Assessing dimensions and controlling parameters in carbonate depositional system" by Gregor Eberli and others at the University of Miami. These references should help when building algorithms that simulate various processes.
  • CSDMS and the diverse community of experts assembled to promote modeling of earth surface processes by developing, supporting, and disseminating integrated software modules that predict the erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment and solutes in landscapes and their sedimentary basins.

Recommendations for construction of carbonate stratigraphic simulator

Stratigraphic modeling
Prominent computer modelers and their publications
Other carbonate modeling publications
Other siliciclastic modeling publications
Fuzzy logic
CSDMS Working and Research Groups
Sedimentary Numerical Modeling Texts
Advanced stratigraphy Texts

carbonate Sedimentary Processes (top)
carbonate erosion, transport and shedding
Origin and distribution of peloids
Modeling parameters from modern carbonate settings

Siliciclastic Sedimentary Processes

Siliciclastic erosion and transport

basin Modeling References
basin Modeling

For a more up to date listing the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) provides access and information on computer modelers of sedimentary systems and processes and the programs they have built. The CSDMS site links to modeling efforts underway across the world and you can make connections and collaborate with other efforts as you think appropriate. CSDMS is working internationally to build an integrated modeling community.

This community supports a modeling architecture and deals with eclectic systems involving hydrology, nutrients, sediment (including Carbonates), ecosystems, glaciers, oceanography, weather, etc. -- earth-surface dynamics. The CSDMS goal is to enable models and components to be combined in unique ways to answer diverse questions be they stand-alone models, components and compliant contributions.

CSDMS provide a links for earth scientists to join their various Working Groups and Focus Research Groups that include

Five Working Groups
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Marine Working Group
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group
Three Focus Research Groups:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Carbonate Focus Research Group
  • Chesapeake Focus Research Group
Each group hosts an annual meeting and the rest of their activity is archived through remote communication systems.  The intent is that members become part of a family of experts who are willing to collaborate. They’ll have an advantage in staying current within a community sharing research on the Earth Sciences. They’ll also gain better knowledge on available models for education and application, and they'll have opportunities for interaction with a variety of industrial and NGO partners and federal agencies. They provide access to competitive funding opportunities through various traditional sources and through association with CSDMS and detailing how member’s proposals can interact with and advance CSDMS can be helpful to their proposal. Benefits include:
  • Support by a state-of-the-art research agenda developed by an integrated community;
  • Support by a community of modelers & software engineers;
  • Access to a sophisticated modeling architecture, data systems, and high performance computing;
  • CSDMS provides opportunities with NGO’s, agencies, and industry partners.
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