MPAS-Albany Land Ice

MPAS-Albany Land Ice is designed for large-scale, high-resolution simulations of ice sheet dynamics, using Finite Element Methods on variable resolution meshes (A sample SCVT mesh for Greenland is shown at left).

MPAS-Albany Land-Ice has been released with support for standard test cases used in verifying model performance. Eventually, support for standard ice sheet configurations will also be included (e.g., stand-alone Greenland and Antarctica simulations).

MPAS-Albany Land Ice have shown good agreement with manufactured solutions and standard test cases, and have been used in land ice evolution experiments aimed at informing the IPCC AR5 on the potential for future sea-level rise from ice sheets (e.g., the Ice2Sea international assessment project).

Information on the Albany multiphysics package forming the basis for the First-Order velocity solver in MPAS-Albany Land Ice can be found at the Albany repository.

MPAS-Albany Land Ice is the ice sheet component of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM).

A paper describing MPAS-Albany Land Ice is in review at Geoscientific Model Descriptions

Simulated velocity fields for 1st-order accurate MPAS-Albany Land Ice and CISM

MPAS-Albany Land Ice is presently developed and maintained by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The primary sponsor for the development of MPAS-Albany Land Ice is the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division within the Department of Energy. Additional development for MPAS-Albany Land Ice is supported under the DOE SciDAC ProSPect project.