Terrestrial WG 2009


CSDMS Terrestrial Working Group meeting, February 2-3, 2009

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Date: February 2-3, 2009
Location: University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), USA


The Terrestrial Working Group deals with weathering, hillslope, fluvial, glacial, aeolian, lacustrial challenges.


Registration is now closed.

Circulars and Program

The agenda for this meeting of the Terrestrial Working Group is two-fold. The first aim is to bring the working group up to speed on the progress that the I.F. team has made in developing methods and protocols for coupling modules, as well as to provide an overview of how to modify your own code so that it can be integrated into the CSDMS framework. The second aim is to make progress on three fronts:

  1. completing the process of “domain and model scoping” that we began at last year’s meeting, possibly leading to a review paper;
  2. identifying, developing, adding, and linking model components (including outlining methods for handling issues such as moving boundaries); and
  3. identifying existing data sets, and criteria for future data sets, that can be used for testing models and providing proof-of-concept applications.

The Terrestrial Working Group will meet for 2 days.


Second Meeting of the CSDMS Terrestrial Working Group


  1. Update the Terrestrial Working Group on current status of CSDMS activities
  2. Provide basic information on how to use CSDMS tools
  3. Discuss and develop recommendations on current state of the art (basic knowledge, existing computer models, knowledge/model gaps), essential components of a first-generation model, and key research needs.
  4. Discuss and develop recommendations on modeling issues and potential strategies, including topics such as handling moving boundaries and developing generic data structures for topography, soil, stratigraphy, etc.
  5. Discuss and develop recommendations on criteria for proof-of-concept tests and types of tests needed; identify and begin to characterize potential study sites and databases.

Expected Outcome:

  1. Participants will become familiar with CSDMS tools and concepts, such as CCA, OpenMI, basic steps in adapting models to the framework, and use of the CSMDS Wiki pages.
  2. Meeting report to CSDMS Executive and Steering Committees and other working and focus groups.
  3. First steps toward outlining and drafting three potentially publishable white papers (tentatively covering Scoping, Modeling, and Applications, respectively).

Format: The format will consist of a mix of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on exercises, breakout discussion groups, and writing sessions. Most time will be devoted to breakout-group and whole-group discussions.




Ames, Daniel MapWindow GIS
Anderson, Suzanne Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory
Di Achille, Gaetano Modeling ideas - erosion, sediment transport (MARSSIM, GOLEM, CHILD?) and deposition (SEDFLUX?) on Mars
Galewsky, Joe Modeling landscape evolution
Howard, Alan The Marssim model
Hutton, Eric How to configure a model to operate as a component
Istanbulluoglu, Erkan A Bucket-type Ecohydrology model: Water Balance
Jagers, Bert Modeling activity by Deltares
Lancaster, Stephen Debris Flows and Sediment in Steep Little Valleys
Leclair, Suzanne Modeling short-term hydrosedimentary processes and the preservation of river dune deposits
Peckham, Scott Overview and demonstration of the CSDMS (part 1)
Pelletier, Jon Challenge: To find data-rich pilot projects that showcase CSDMS capabilities at short and long time scales.
Syvitski, James CSDMS overview
Tucker, Greg Charge to Working Groups
Tucker, Greg Overview meeting

WG Reports

Presented by Title Download
WG report I Scoping & Knowledge Gaps ppt | pdf
WG report II Modeling ppt | pdf
WG report III Applications doc | pdf

Meeting report

Feb. 2009: Recommendations for Modeling Land-Surface Processes, Terrestrial working group meeting report.