Elmer/Ice course 14 and 15 February, 2008, LGGE, Grenoble, France

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Elmer/Ice Course - 14 and 15 February 2008

LGGE CNRS/UJF Grenoble I (France) - CSC (Finland)

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LGGE and CSC are organising an informal course on Elmer/Ice at LGGE (France) during February 14 and 15, 2008. The course will be held by Olivier Gagliardini [OG] from LGGE and Thomas Zwinger [TZ] from CSC. The participation is free of charge. The participants have to organise and pay their travel (1) and their stay (2) in Grenoble (see remarks at bottom of page). LGGE and CSC are covering the fees for the venue and the travel costs of Thomas Zwinger.

If possible, participants should bring their own laptop, preferably with Elmer and a C, C++ and Fortran 90 compiler (with emphasis on Fortran) installed on it. Installation instructions are to be found from CSC's web services under the URL http://www.csc.fi/elmer. In case of problems, contact Thomas Zwinger (thomas.zwinger[at]csc.fi) on technical details concerning installation or compilation.


Slides of the corresponding talks added at end of each entry

Thursday 14

9h00-10h00 Introduction. Brief overview of known glaciological applications using Elmer/Ice. Existing solvers implemented in Elmer/Ice [OG,TZ] ElmerIntroOG.pdf ElmerIntroTZ.pdf
10h00-10h30 Break
10h30-11h00 Installing and compiling Elmer (SourceForge, libraries) [TZ] ElmerInstall.pdf
1h00-12h00 How to get a mesh (ElmerGrid and other input format, including DEM) [OG] ElmerMesh.pdf
12h00-13h30 Lunch
13h30-14h30 Description of the solver input file. How to prescribe variable dependent functions (MATC, tables and user functions) [TZ] ElmerSolver.pdf
14h30-15h30 A simple hands-on example [TZ]
15h30-16h00 Break
16h00-17h00 Post processing (ElmerPost, alternative formats, solver based output) [TZ] ElmerPost.pdf
17h00-17h30 Basic programming in Elmer (user functions and solver subroutines) [TZ]
17h30-18h00 Brief introduction to parallel Elmer version (MPI, compilation, mesh partitioning, post processing) [TZ]

Friday 15

This day will be dedicated to the setup of the diagnostic tests ISMIP-HOM B and D. Then, we will try to solve the corresponding prognostic tests.

9h00-12h30 Tests ISMIP-HOM B and D [OG] ElmerIsmip.pdf
12h30-14h00 Lunch
14h00-17h00 Moving to the corresponding prognostic tests [OG]
17h00-17h30 Conclusion. How should we collaborate for our future modelling using Elmer/Ice? [OG,TZ]

List of participants

  1. Denis Cohen (Iowa State)
  2. Gael Durand (LGGE)
  3. Basile de Fleurian (LGGE)
  4. Fabien Gillet (BAS)
  5. Lucas Girard (LGGE)
  6. Heike Gramberg (Oxford)
  7. Richard Hindmarsh (BAS)
  8. Miriam Jackson (Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate)
  9. Bénédicte Lemieux (LGGE)
  10. Carlos Martin (BAS)
  11. Sophie Nowiecki (Univ. College London)
  12. Jaime Otero (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  13. Fred Parrenin (LGGE)
  14. Frank Pattyn (ULB)
  15. Marie Rousselot (LGGE)
  16. Ondrej Soucek (Prague)
  17. Andreas Vieli (Durham University)


Some of the material found here might already be outdated. Please, check the latest solvers from Repository_and_Documentation_for_Glaciological_Source_Code


  1. ElmerIceCourseTZ.ZIP (870k) Input Files TZ
  2. Ismip_Appli.zip (330k) Input Files OG