Also known as Marsh Channel and Platform Model
Model type Single
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
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Spatial dimensions 1D
Spatial extent Reach-Scale, Watershed-Scale
Model domain Coastal
One-line model description A stand alone model for the morphological evolution of an idealized transect across a marsh channel-and-platform.
Extended model description A stand alone model for an idealized transect across a marsh channel-and-platform. The model simulates morphological evolution from sub-tidal to millennial time scales. In particular, the model explores the effect that soil creep (of both vegetated and unvegetated mud) has on channel bank dynamics, e.g., bank slumping. The model is written in Matlab.
Name Giulio Mariotti
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Louisiana State University
Postal address 1 204 T Boyd Hall LSU
Postal address 2 204 T Boyd Hall LSU
Town / City Baton Rouge
Postal code 70803
State Louisiana
Country United States
Email address

Supported platforms
Unix, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Code development status Only maintenance
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository, Through CSDMS repository
Source web address
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Program license type BSD or MIT X11
Program license type other
Memory requirements 10 Mb
Typical run time minutes to hours

Describe input parameters Cross section width

Channel length Tidal range Mud erodability Mud critical shear stress Settling velocity Creep coefficient for unvegetated mud Creep coefficient for vegetated mud (marsh) Boundary suspended sediment concentration (during flood) Maximum vegetation biomass Minimum elevation for vegetation growth Maximum elevation for vegetation growth Parameters for organic sediment production Rate of relative sea level rise

Input format ASCII
Other input format
Describe output parameters Water level

Water velocity Bed shear stress Suspended sediment concentration Bed elevation

Output format
Other output format Matlab variables
Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? No
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Describe processes represented by the model Sediment advection/diffusion

Sediment settling Bed erosion Soil creep Organic sediment production Increase in effective settling due to vegetation Increase in drag due to vegetation

Describe key physical parameters and equations -Creep simulated as a linear diffusion process, with vegetation dependent diffusivity

-Suspended sediment concentration variable in time and space throughout the cross section

Describe length scale and resolution constraints Spatial resolution 0.1-1 m

Cross section generally 100 m wide

Describe time scale and resolution constraints Time resolution ~ 1 minute (it explicitly simulates tides)
Describe any numerical limitations and issues Quasi-static tide propagation. Flow neglected when water depth too small.

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers?
Is there a manual available? No
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Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board
Comments Mariotti, G., W.S. Kearney, S. Fagherazzi, (2016), Soil creep in salt marshes, Geology, 44 (6), 459-462.

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
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Model info
Nr. of publications: 2
Total citations: 4
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.12

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Nr. of publications: 2
Total citations: 4
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.12

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Mariotti, G.; 2017
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2017 MCPM

Source code ref.

Gibeaut, James; 2016. Enabling Data Sharing Through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC). Oceanography, 29, 33–37. 10.5670/oceanog.2016.59
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2016 MCPM
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