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Model type Single
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Spatial dimensions 3D
Spatial extent Global, Continental, Regional-Scale, Landscape-Scale
Model domain Cryosphere
One-line model description OGGM is a modular open source model for glacier dynamics
Extended model description The model accounts for glacier geometry (including contributory branches) and includes an explicit ice dynamics module. It can simulate past and future mass-balance, volume and geometry of (almost) any glacier in the world in a fully automated and extensible workflow. Publicly available data is used for calibration and validation.

glacier flow, glacier, glacier dynamics,

Name Fabien Maussion
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization University of Innsbruck
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Town / City Innsbruck
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Country Austria
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Supported platforms
Unix, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
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Code optimized Multiple Processors
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Start year development 2018
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2021
Model availability As code
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Program license type GPL v3
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Describe input parameters The default climate dataset used by OGGM is the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) TS v4.01 dataset
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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? No
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Describe available calibration data sets To calibrate and validate the mass-balance model, OGGM relies on mass-balance observations provided by the World Glacier Monitoring Service
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Is there a manual available? Yes
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component No but possible
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Model info
Fabien Maussion
Nr. of publications: 23
Total citations: 217
h-index: 8
m-quotient: 1.33
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Nr. of publications: 23
Total citations: 217
h-index: 8
m-quotient: 1.33

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Maussion, Fabien; Butenko, Anton; Champollion, Nicolas; Dusch, Matthias; Eis, Julia; Fourteau, Kévin; Gregor, Philipp; Jarosch, Alexander H.; Landmann, Johannes; Oesterle, Felix; Recinos, Beatriz; Rothenpieler, Timo; Vlug, Anouk; Wild, Christian T.; Marzeion, Ben; 2019. The Open Global Glacier Model (OGGM) v1.1. Geoscientific Model Development, 12, 909–931. 10.5194/gmd-12-909-2019
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