Published: May 3, 2012 by The PISM Authors
PISM version stable0.4 is available. See the stable version page to check out a copy of the source code or download an Ubuntu package. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for help with any version of PISM.
Changes (compared to stable0.3) include
- Merging with PISM-PIK:
- SIA and SSA ice velocities are hybridized using simpler technique (Winkelmann et al. 2011).
- Mass continuity finite difference scheme is conserving (Winkelmann et al. 2011).
- Mass fluxes at calving fronts are accounted by subgrid scheme (Albrechts et al. 2011).
- Calving model based on principle strain rates (“eigencalving”; Winkelmann et al. 2011).
- Improved enthalpy code (Aschwanden et al. 2011).
- In stable0.3 and 0.2, stored basal water was diffused in the horizontal (Bueler & Brown, 2009). This regularization has been removed. Instead water is stored locally and drains at a fixed, configurable rate. Users/developers are encouraged to propose and implement alternative subglacial hydrology models.
- Implemented the bed roughness parameterization for SIA described by (Schoof, 2003).
- PDD code computes accumulation from precipitation and a temperature threshold.
- Temperature, precipitation, surface mass balance lapse rate corrections can modify surface inputs.
- PISM stable0.4 requires PETSc version 3.0 or 3.1. (Version 2.3.3 is not supported.)
- New CMake-based build system.
- Forcing by time- and space-dependent climate or surface boundary conditions: improved interface.
- Simplified flow-line modeling using PISM. See Storglaciaren example in the User’s Manual (or see the Storglaciaren page for a preview).
- On Debian and Ubuntu systems PISM can be installed from a
.debpackage. Download it here. This is no longer the case.
- Building development version of PISM on Debian systems is easier with the help of a meta-package depending on all necessary tools and libraries; see dev version page.
- Model state is backed-up every wall-clock hour to make it easier to re-start interrupted runs.
- PDD code reports melt, accumulation and runoff.
- Updated documentation, including User’s Manual, Installation Manual, and Source Code Browser.
Under the hood
- Better software tests.
- Less restrictive input file format means easier to create a PISM-readable NetCDF file.
- Improved file output performance and choice of variable order.
- Many structural improvements:
- re-factored stress balance code
- re-factored flow laws
- well-defined climate forcing
- well-defined “diagnostic” computations
- isolated bedrock thermal layer model, with clear interface
- More flexible climate forcing using scalar temperature offsets
- Clearly-identified ice surface inputs will accept output from a snow/firn model.
- Finite-element-based SSA solver.
- Designed for use with inverse modeling codes that are not a part of this release.
- Preliminary regional (outlet glacier) modeling support.
- Mostly untested coupling to external energy balance/surface mass balance models.