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Model type Single
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
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Spatial dimensions
Spatial extent
Model domain Carbonates and Biogenics
One-line model description Carbonate cellular automatacyclicity
Extended model description CarboCAT uses a cellular automata to model horizontal and vertical distributions of carbonate lithofacies

carbonate lithofacy, cellular automatacyclicity,

Name Peter Burgess
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Shell International E&P
Postal address 1
Postal address 2
Town / City Rijswijk
Postal code 2288 GS
Country Netherlands
Email address
Phone +(31) 610 97 3376

Supported platforms
Other platform
Programming language


Other program language
Code optimized
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2008
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through CSDMS repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v2
Program license type other
Memory requirements
Typical run time 5 minutes

Describe input parameters Production and subsidence rates, cellular automata rules (number of seed neighbours etc), sea-level history
Input format ASCII
Other input format
Describe output parameters Chronostrat plots, maps, cross-sections, lithofacies thickness distributions
Output format ASCII
Other output format
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? Yes
Describe post-processing software Yes, Matlab routines
Visualization software needed? Yes
If above answer is yes Matlab
Other visualization software

Describe processes represented by the model Subsidence

Depth dependent carbonate production Lithofacies spatial distribution based on number of neighoubrs of same facies type

Describe key physical parameters and equations Subsidence rates

Production rates CA rules, number of seed neighbours etc

Describe length scale and resolution constraints No intrinsic constraints
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Short time steps required for accuracy of production rate calculation
Describe any numerical limitations and issues --

Describe available calibration data sets
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets Burgess (2008)
Upload test data sets if available:
Describe ideal data for testing Carbonate lithofacies thickness distributions

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? --
Is there a manual available? No
Upload manual if available:
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board
Comments --

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
Can be coupled with:
Model info
Nr. of publications: 7
Total citations: 29
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.18
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Development of the model began in 2005 as an Excel Visual Basic programme. Conversion to Matlab started in 2008. Downloadable version here is still a prototype and requires further testing. Development is ongoing, mostly focussed on development of sediment transport algorithms.


Nr. of publications: 7
Total citations: 29
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.18

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Burgess, Peter M.; 2013. CarboCAT: A cellular automata model of heterogeneous carbonate strata. Computers & Geosciences, 53, 129–140. 10.1016/j.cageo.2011.08.026
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2013 CarboCAT
Model overview 20
Masiero, Isabella; Kozlowski, Estanislao; Antonatos, Georgios; Xi, Haiwei; Burgess, Peter; 2020. Numerical stratigraphic forward models as conceptual knowledge repositories and experimental tools: An example using a new enhanced version of CarboCAT. Computers & Geosciences, 138, 104453. 10.1016/j.cageo.2020.104453
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2020 CarboCAT
Model overview 2
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Input Files

The main input file defines parameter values and filenames of several secondary input files. A parameter file example.txt and ll the other files indicated in example.txt are given with the source code and the GUI is set to load this parameter file as a default setting.

Output Files