The Geodynamic World Builder: a solution for complex initial conditions in numerical modeling

Fraters, Menno; Thieulot, Cedric; van den Berg, Arie; Spakman, Wim

The Geodynamic World Builder is an open-source code library intended to set up initial conditions for computational geodynamic models in both Cartesian and spherical geometries. The inputs for the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)-style parameter file are not mathematical but rather a structured nested list describing tectonic features, e.g., a continental, an oceanic or a subducting plate. Each of these tectonic features can be assigned a specific temperature profile (e.g., plate model) or composition label (e.g., uniform). For each point in space, the Geodynamic World Builder can return the composition and/or temperature. It is written in C++ but can be used in almost any language through its C and Fortran wrappers. Various examples of 2-D and 3-D subduction settings are presented. The Geodynamic World Builder comes with an extensive online user manual.

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Fraters, Menno / Thieulot, Cedric / van den Berg, Arie / et al: The Geodynamic World Builder: a solution for complex initial conditions in numerical modeling. 2019. Copernicus Publications.

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