Model:Permafrost Benchmark System

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Permafrost Benchmark System


Also known as PBS
Model type Tool
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent Continental, Global, Regional-Scale
Model domain Terrestrial, Hydrology, Coastal, Climate, Ecosystems, Cryosphere
One-line model description The PBS is a web-based tool for conducting benchmarking studies of permafrost models.
Extended model description The Permafrost Benchmark System (PBS) wraps the command-line ILAMB benchmarking system with a customized version of the CSDMS Web Modeling Tool (WMT), and adds tools for uploading CMIP5-compatible model outputs and benchmark datasets. The PBS allows users to access and run ILAMB remotely, without having to install software or data locally; a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer is all that’s needed.

CMIP5, WMT, permafrost, data, benchmark,

Name Mark Piper
Type of contact Technical contact
Institute / Organization CSDMS
Postal address 1 4001 Discovery Drive
Postal address 2
Town / City Boulder
Postal code 80303
State Colorado
Country United States
Email address

Supported platforms
Unix, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Other platform
Programming language


Other program language
Code optimized Single Processor, Multiple Processors
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2015
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status
When did you indicate the 'code development status'?
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type Apache public license
Program license type other
Memory requirements
Typical run time Minutes to several hours, depending on data.

Describe input parameters Users can upload ILAMB-compatible model outputs and benchmark datasets to the PBS. More information can be found in the PBS documentation, available at
Input format ASCII, Binary
Other input format
Describe output parameters The PBS wraps ILAMB, which produces tabular and graphical statistics from a benchmark analysis. These outputs can be viewed in ILAMB, or downloaded to a user's local machine as a tarball.
Output format Binary
Other output format
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? No
Describe post-processing software
Visualization software needed? No
If above answer is yes
Other visualization software

Describe processes represented by the model
Describe key physical parameters and equations
Describe length scale and resolution constraints
Describe time scale and resolution constraints
Describe any numerical limitations and issues

Describe available calibration data sets
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets
Upload test data sets if available:
Describe ideal data for testing

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? ILAMB development is ongoing. The PBS developers hope to continue to update the PBS to take advantage of new features in ILAMB.
Is there a manual available? No
Upload manual if available:
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board

This part will be filled out by CSDMS staff

OpenMI compliant
BMI compliant Yes
WMT component Yes
PyMT component
Is this a data component
DOI model 10.5281/zenodo.1410622
For model version v1.0
Year version submitted 2018
Link to file
Can be coupled with:
Model info

  • Download Permafrost Benchmark System version: v1.0
    Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1410622
Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 0
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Qrcode Permafrost Benchmark System.png
Link to this page


The Permafrost Benchmark System (PBS) is a collaboration between researchers at NSIDC, NAU, LANL, and CSDMS, for conducting benchmarking studies of permafrost models.

The PBS home page is located at It contains links for registration, for the user guide, and for the developer guide.


v1.0, 2018-08-31


Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 0
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Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Piper, Mark; 2018. Permamodel/Pbs V1.0. , , .
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2018 Permafrost Benchmark System
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