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The CSDMS Web Modeling Tool,  
The CSDMS Web Modeling Tool,  

Revision as of 12:48, 27 December 2016


CSDMS-IF (and maybe community?) has developed tools for the community to use. We should at least mention for each of our tools the following:

  • why to use tools (how does a tool help them in their research),
  • how to use the tools,
  • where to get more information on the tools,
  • how to report bugs, ....
  • you name it.

I put your name down below each tool that needs more info. Maybe each tools needs its own page that links from this page, so the items below are really just a placeholder.
So type away, focus less on layout more on content right now maybe?
Thanks, A.



BMI builder


BMI tester



The CSDMS Web Modeling Tool

The CSDMS Web Modeling Tool, WMT, is a web application that provides an Ajax client-side graphical interface and a RESTful server-side database and API that allows users, from a web browser on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer, to build and run standalone or coupled Earth surface dynamics models on a supercomputer.

With WMT, users can:

  • Design a model from a set of CSDMS components
  • Edit model parameters
  • Save models to a web-accessible server
  • Share saved models with the community
  • Submit model runs to an HPC system
  • Download simulation results

To see how you can use WMT to configure and run a standalone or a coupled model on the web, check out the WMT tutorial, or jump right into using WMT at

For more information on WMT, including links to its documentation and its source code repositories, please see the CSDMS Web Modeling Tool wiki page.





Dakota is a software toolkit developed at Sandia National Laboratories that provides an interface between models and a library of analysis methods, including support for sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, optimization, and calibration techniques. Dakota is a powerful tool, but its learning curve is steep: the user not only must understand the structure and syntax of the Dakota input file, but also must develop intermediate code that allows Dakota to set up and run a model, read outputs from the model, and calculate a response statistic from the outputs.

The CSDMS Dakota Interface, or Dakotathon, is a Python package that wraps and extends Dakota’s file-based user interface. It simplifies the process of configuring and running a Dakota experiment, and it allows a Dakota experiment to be scripted. Dakotathon creates the Dakota input file and provides a generic analysis driver. Any model componentized in the CSDMS modeling framework automatically works with Dakotathon. Dakotathon has a plugin architecture, so models not wrapped into the CSDMS modeling framework can be accessed by Dakotathon by programmatically extending a template; an example is provided in the Dakotathon distribution.