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Model domain Coastal
One-line model description Process-response model simulating the evolution and stratigraphy of fluvial dominated deltaic systems
Extended model description A process-response model simulating the evolution and stratigraphy of fluvial dominated deltaic systems in two dimensions, based on simple approximations of erosion and deposition. The model is called DELTASIM, and was initially presented by Overeem et al. (2003) as AQUATELLUS. DELTASIM has several improvements, the main algorithm has been revised and the output can be presented as probabilistic output.

delta evolution, stratigraphy, fluvial,

Name Bob Hoogendoorn
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Delft University of Technology
Postal address 1 PO BOx 5048
Postal address 2
Town / City Delft
Postal code 2600 GA
Country Netherlands
Email address
Phone 31152788192

Name Irina Overeem
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization CSDMS, INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Postal address 1 1560 30th street
Postal address 2
Town / City Boulder
Postal code 80305
State Colorado
Country United States
Email address
Phone 303-492-6631

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Programming language

Other program language Visual Basic
Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development 1997
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Code development status As is, no updates are provided
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
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Through CSDMS repository
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Program license type Other
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Memory requirements --
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Describe input parameters Simulation time and time step, Initial profile, Stochastic sediment input (t), Sea level (t), Sediment transport parameters (i.e. travel distances)
Input format ASCII
Other input format menu-driven
Describe output parameters 2D longitudinal profiles, multiple grainsizes, probabilistic stratigraphic sections.
Output format ASCII
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? Yes
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Describe processes represented by the model longterm 2D deltaic sedimentation and clinoform formation for fluvial dominated deltas
Describe key physical parameters and equations see references
Describe length scale and resolution constraints Model is intended to generate stratigraphy for 2D profiles of large deltas (100's of km's)
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Mostly tested for Holocene applications (>10,000yrs), potentially longer time scales.
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Describe available calibration data sets Theoretical tests, Volga case study, Kura case study, (see references)
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Describe available test data sets Caspian sea experiences extremely rapid sea level fluctuation, making it a great test data set for coastline shifts.
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Describe ideal data for testing Known boundary conditions, discharge, and sediment load as well as basin fluctuations.

Dated stratigraphic profiles in deltas that are mostly fluvial dominated, ie lake deltas.

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? Overeem is developing an educational version of DELTASIM
Is there a manual available? No
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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
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Model info
Bob Hoogendoorn
Nr. of publications: 5
Total citations: 142
h-index: 5
m-quotient: 0.24
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Nr. of publications: 5
Total citations: 142
h-index: 5
m-quotient: 0.24

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Overeem, I.; Veldkamp, A.; Tebbens, L.; Kroonenberg, S.B.; 2003. Modelling Holocene stratigraphy and depocentre migration of the Volga delta due to Caspian Sea-level change. Sedimentary Geology, 159, 159–175. 10.1016/S0037-0738(02)00257-9
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2003 AquaTellUs
Model overview 25
Hoogendoorn, R.M.; 2006. The impact of changes in sediment supply and sea-level on fluvio-deltaic stratigraphy.. , , .
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2006 DeltaSIM
Model overview 6
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