Model:Lake-Permafrost with Subsidence


Lake-Permafrost with Subsidence


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Model type Single
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
Spatial dimensions 1D
Spatial extent
Model domain Terrestrial
One-line model description 1-D lake-permafrost thermal model with subsidence.
Extended model description Models temperature of 1-D lake-permafrost system through time, given input surface temperature and solar radiation. Model is fully implicit control volume scheme, and cell size can vary with depth. Thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity are dependent on cell substrate (% soil and % ice) and temperature using the apparent heat capacity scheme where freezing/thawing occurs over a finite temperature range and constants are modified to account for latent heat. Lake freezes and thaws depending on temperature; when no ice is present lake is fully mixed and can absorb solar radiation. Upper 10 m substrate contains excess ice and, if thawed, can subside by this amount (lake then deepens by amount of subsidence). "Cell type" controls whether cell has excess ice, only pore space ice, or is lake water.

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Name Nora Matell
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Postal address 1 450 UCB
Postal address 2
Town / City Boulder
Postal code 80305
State Colorado
Country United States
Email address

Supported platforms
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Programming language


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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2008
Does model development still take place? No
If above answer is no, provide end year model development 2009
Code development status
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Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v2
Program license type other
Memory requirements --
Typical run time --

Describe input parameters Daily average solar radiation for location (at surface).
Input format
Other input format Matlab .mat file
Describe output parameters Matlab variables, Matlab graphs
Output format
Other output format Matlab variables, Matlab graphs
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 Heat conduction in permafrost, lake ice growth-decay, permafrost subsidence due to excess ice
Describe key physical parameters and equations Heat conduction equations, lake ice growth-decay equations
Describe length scale and resolution constraints Near surface, length scale should be 5-10 cm if subsidence occurring. Deeper in permafrost, 1+ m okay.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Model needs daily (or smaller) timesteps.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues Runs slowly - iterates implicit scheme. Some sort of matrix algebra might improve speed.

Describe available calibration data sets
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Describe available test data sets Permafrost model can be tested with ground temperature time series at several depths. Lake model can be tested with known ice depths (though snow, not accounted for in model, can affect depth by several 10s of cm).
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Describe ideal data for testing Lake temperature time series, known lake depth, underlying permafrost time series. Surface temperature time series as input (not air temperature).

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? --
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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