Open Source Finite Element Software for Ice Sheet, Glaciers and Ice Flow Modelling

Elmer/Ice is a full-Stokes, finite element, ice sheet / ice flow model. The aim of this website is to present the capabilities of Elmer/Ice and to distribute course materials and tutorials.
Elmer/Ice is an add-on package to Elmer, which is a multi-physics FEM suite mainly developed by CSC-IT Center for Science Ltd., Espoo, Finland. Initially started by CSC,  IGE and ILTS, currently multiple institutions and individuals contribute to the development of Elmer/Ice.


Built on top of Elmer/Ice, Elmer/Ice-sheet is a state-of-the-art model specifically dedicated for simulating ice sheets. Elmer/Ice-sheet includes a robust representation of fast dynamical changes of ice sheets and is designed to be easily handled by non-glaciologists to address a wide range of applications of past, current and future ice sheets.

Elmer/Ice-sheet provides standard configurations (meshes, input SIF files and visualisation tools) for modelling present and short-term future ice sheets. Elmer/Ice-sheet fully relies on the Elmer/Ice developments (current and future). Processes implemented and technical possibilities will be continuously improved to ensure cutting edge applications. Planned short-term developments include well-known parameterizations of Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) and calving in order to extend Elmer/Ice-sheet capacities to long-term paleo-simulations.

The database of configurations will be continuously implemented and is available through the Elmer git and Elmer/Ice wiki.

Elmer/Ice project © 2018 -- Conception : iGrafic