tAo is a software designed to model the interplay between lithosphere flexure and surface transport (erosion/sedimentation), particularly during the formation of orogens and foreland sedimentary basins (see details).
Extended model description
This 2D (cross-section) numerical model permits calculating 1D lithospheric flexure with different rheologies, in combination with faulting, loading, and erosion/deposition. The programs are developed in C for Linux platforms, graphic output is produced using GMT scripts, and standard PCs match the CPU and memory requirements. The software is available for free under a GPL license.
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Garcia-Gastellanos, D., Fernandez, M., Torne, M., 1997. Numerical Modeling of Foreland Basin Formation: A Program Relating Thrusting, Flexure, Sediment Geometry and Lithosphere Rheology. Computer & Geosciences, 23(9): 993~1003, Doi: (10.1016/S0098-3004(97)00057-5 ).
Hinojosa, J. H., Mickus, K. L., 1993. Foreland Basin – A fortran program to model the formation of foreland basins resulting from the flexural deflection of the lithosphere caused by a time-varying distributed load. Computer & Geosciences, 19(9): 1321~1332, Doi: (10.1016/0098-3004(93)90032-Z).
Watts, A. B., 1992. The effective elastic thickness of the lithosphere and the evolution of foreland basins. Basin Research, 4: 169~178, Doi: (10.1111/j.1365-2117.1992.tb00043.x).