1. General Model Information

Name: Geomorphic/Orogenic Landscape Evolution Model

Acronym: GOLEM

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: hydrology,other
Organization level: landscape
Type of model:
Main application: research,education
Keywords: topography,erosion,uplift processes, watershed


Gregory E. Tucker
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering ,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,
Cambridge, MA 02139 ,USA
email: greg.tucker@geog.ox.ac.uk
Homepage: http://www.mit.edu/people/gtucker/Golem/GolemMain.html


Gregory E. Tucker


GOLEM is a numerical model that simulates the evolution of topography over geologic time scales. The model was developed by Greg Tucker (then at the Pennsylvania State University Department of Geosciences). The model operates by solving a set of equations that describe the action of various uplift and erosion processes across a grid of cells. The model is designed to simulate landscape evolution on spatial scales ranging from a small watershed to an entire mountain range. For small-scale studies, GOLEM includes equations that describe processes such as weathering, soil creep, landsliding, and channel initiation. For larger-scale studies, GOLEM simulates the evolution of the channel network and parameterizes the action of ``hillslope'' processes within grid cells.

Information on the theory behind GOLEM can be found in Tucker (1996). The theory behind earlier versions of the model is given by Tucker and Slingerland (1994) and by Slingerland and others (1993, Chapter 3). For examples of the model's application to scientific problems, see Tucker and Slingerland (1994, 1996, and 1997), Tucker and Bras (1998), and Gasparini et al. (1999). Related information on theory and applications can be found in the other references listed below.

Although GOLEM has been primarily designed as a research tool, we encourage its use as an educational tool as well. We have found that visualizing the evolution of simulated landscapes is a fascinating and insightful exercise!

source: http://www.mit.edu/people/gtucker/Golem/GolemIntro.html

see more at this web page.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s):

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): MatLab

II.3 Manuals:

Usage Guide and Program Description

II.4 Data:

Example simulations and input files

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

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