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Tristan Salles edited this page Mar 22, 2018 · 22 revisions

Some notes on pyBadlands

sketch Badlands

A schematic of 2D landscape evolution model illustrating the main variables and forces simulated with Badlands: z is the surface elevation, r refers to rainfall, sl to sea-level fluctuations, f to the flexural isostasy and u to geodynamic forces (from Salles & Hardiman, 2016).

What will you find in this wiki?

  • some explanations on how to use pyBadlands via Docker and Kitematic on all platforms (OSX, Windows & Linux),
  • a documentation on how to install pyBadlands and the associated dependencies on Linux and OSX,
  • description of the input file options and some of the post and pre-processing functions,
  • some technical notes regarding the parallelisation and benchmarks that we are currently developing to improve the performance of the code.

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Series of examples provided with pyBadlands

List of hands-on examples showing the main capabilities of pyBadlands.

examples Badlands

Further information

A PDF containing some notes on how to use pyBadlands via Docker, setup initial models and run examples is available through the following:

For pre- & post-processing it is also recommended to use the:

  • companion which is already shipped in the Docker container.

Some questions?


If you come accross a bug or if you need some help compiling or using the code you can:

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