Revision as of 14:07, 28 August 2009 by WikiSysop (talk | contribs) (add model questionnaire cyclopath)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)





Cyclopath Questionnaire

Contact Information

Model: Cyclopath
Contact person: Peter Burgess (Model developer)
Institute: Royal Holloway University of London
2nd person involved: --
3rd person involved: --

Model description

Model type: Single model for the carbonate domain.
Description: A 2D or 3D model of carbonate sediment production and transport that generates high-frequency platform top auto and allocycles as well as various aspects of large scale platform geomtry

Technical information

Supported platforms: Unix, Linux
Programming language: C
Model was developed started from: 1998 and ended in 2005
To what degree will the model become available: As code
Current license type: --
Memory requirements: variable
Typical run time: minutes to hours

Input / Output description

Input parameters: Various text files defining initial conditions and parameter values
Input format: ASCII
Output parameters: A 3D cube of model strata coded by water depth of deposition and thickness transported versus thickness deposited in-situ per time step
Output format: ASCII
Post-processing software (if needed): Yes, GMT routines or Matlab
Visualization software (if needed): Yes, Matlab, GMT.

Process description

Processes represented by model: Subsidence and uplift

Eustatic oscillations
Water depth dependent in-situ carbonate production
Spatial variations in sediment production rate
Depth dependent sediment transport
Diffusional sediment transport

Key physical parameters & equations: See Burgess et al. (2001), Basin Research
Length scale & resolution constraints: 10s to 100s km length scale
Time scale & resolution constraints: Internal time step years to decades

Model chron resolution 1000 years
Total run time 1-10 My

Numerical limitations and issues : Diffusion and other sediment transport routines require short time steps


Available calibration data sets: Any outcrop data showing (or purporting to show) cyclical platform interior strata
Available test data sets: --
Ideal data for testing: --

User groups

Currently or plans for collaborating with: No, but open to suggestions


Key papers of the model:
  • Burgess, P.M., Wright, V.P. & Emery, D. (2001) Numerical forward modelling of a peritidal carbonate parasequence development: implications for outcrop interpretation. Basin Research, 13, p.1-16.

Burgess, P.M. (2001) Modelling Carbonate Sequence Development without Relative Sea Level Oscillations, Geology, vol. 29, p. 1127-1130.

  • Barnett, A.J., Burgess, P.M., and Wright, V.P. (2002), Icehouse world sea-level behaviour and resulting stratal patterns in late Visean (Mississippian) carbonate platforms: integration of numerical forward modelling and outcrop studies, Basin Research, v.14, p.417-438.
  • Burgess, P.M., and Wright, V.P, (2003) Numerical forward modelling of carbonate platform dynamics: An evaluation of complexity and completeness, Journal of Sedimentary research, v.73, p.637-652.
  • Burgess, P.M., and Emery, D. (2005), Sensitive dependence, divergence and unpredictable behaviour in a stratigraphic forward model of a carbonate system, in Curtis, A., and Wood, R. (eds.) Geological prior information: informing science and engineering, Geological Society, London, Special Publication 239, p.77-94.
  • Burgess, P.M., 2006, The signal and the noise: forward modeling of allocyclic and autocyclic processes influencing peritidal carbonate stacking patterns, Journal of Sedimentary Research; v. 76; no. 7; p. 962-977.
Is there a manual available: No
Model website if any: --

Additional comments

Comments: --



Input Files

Output Files