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A simple diffusive landscape evolution model

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A simple diffusive landscape evolution model


  • flem requires Python 3.7

  • flem requires fenics, gdal, and a bit more. Fenics is best installed using conda. Therefore before installing first get yourself Anaconda (the 3.7 version) or if you prefer it light, miniconda.

  • create a directory of your choice and create an environment.yml file containing the following:

name: flem
  - conda-forge
  - defaults
  # flem requires
  # need to be specific for mshr and fenics
  - fenics=2019.1.0=py37_1
  - mshr=2019.1.0=py37h7596e34_1000
  - gdal
  - peakutils
  - matplotlib
  - scipy
  - pip
  - pip:
    # flem requires
    - flem
    - elevation
prefix: /srv/conda
  • from the terminal run: conda env create -f environment.yml

  • check out this notebook for how to run flem.

  • or see for a more clunky example.

What is flem?

This is a set of functions written in python to solve for sediment transport. At the base it solves the concentrative-diffusive equations described by Smith & Bretherton (1972) [1]. These are solved using a simple finite element scheme using the fenics library. Surface run-off is routed either from model node-to-node or cell-to-cell (see Armitage, 2019) [2].

The model can be started either with a initial condition of a uniform elevation with some noise added, or a SRTM 30m DEM defined by west, south, east, north coordinates.

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List of things to do:

  1. Add the choice to change precipitation rates

  2. Add the choice for boundary conditions


0.1.0 (2019-05-21)

  • First release on PyPI.

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