Citing PISM

How to reference PISM?

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Acknowledging PISM funding sources

If you use PISM in a publication then we ask for an acknowledgement of funding and a citation. However, unless PISM developers are involved in the preparation of the publication at the usual co-author level, we do not expect co-authorship on PISM-using papers.

To acknowledge PISM funding please include the statement:

Development of PISM is supported by NSF grants PLR-1644277 and PLR-1914668 and NASA grants NNX17AG65G and 20-CRYO2020-0052.

Citing PISM

To cite PISM please use at least one of Bueler and Brown (2009) or Winkelmann et al. (2011), below, as appropriate to the application.

If your results came from source code modifications to PISM then we request that your publication say so explicitly.

If your study relies heavily on certain PISM sub-models (such as hydrology, calving, fracture mechanics, thermodynamics) please contact the corresponding author/developer for information on additional citations.

@article {BuelerBrown2009,
  AUTHOR = {E. Bueler and J. Brown},
   TITLE = {Shallow shelf approximation as a "sliding law" in a
            thermodynamically coupled ice sheet model},
 JOURNAL = {J. Geophys. Res.},
  VOLUME = {114},
     DOI = {10.1029/2008JF001179},
    YEAR = {2009},
   PAGES = {F03008},
     URL = {},
@article {Winkelmannetal2011,
  AUTHOR = {Winkelmann, R. and Martin, M. A. and Haseloff, M. and Albrecht, T.
            and Bueler, E. and Khroulev, C. and Levermann, A.},
   TITLE = {The Potsdam Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM-PIK)
            Part 1: Model description},
 JOURNAL = {The Cryosphere},
  VOLUME = {5},
     DOI = {10.5194/tc-5-715-2011},
    YEAR = {2011},
   PAGES = {715--726},
     URL = {},

Please see ACKNOWLEDGE.rst and funding.csv for a list of grants supporting PISM development.

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The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) contributes to the BMBF project “From the Last Interglacial to the Anthropocene: Modeling a Complete Glacial Cycle” (PalMod,, which aims at simulating the climate from the peak of the last interglacial up to the present using comprehensive Earth System Models. Phase II of this project has an open position Postdoctoral Scientist (W073). The successful candidate will be part of a local team performing and analysing long-term transient simulations covering the last glacial and the transition into the Holocene with an interactively coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice sheet model. Additionally, the candidate will contribute to the continued development of this model. The model system consists of the MPI-Earth system model, the ice sheet model PISM, and the solid-earth model VILMA.