ChEESE on-site training: "Computational volcanology: Modeling Volcanic eruptions using European flagship codes"

Date: 11 - 14 March 2024

Location: Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Plaça d’Eusebi Güell, 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

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This course will focus on modeling one of the most impactful natural hazards: volcanic eruptions. The aim is to provide a brief theoretical overview and then introduce students to the application of different HPC flagship codes under the umbrella of the EuroHPC ChEESE Center of Excellence. Specifically, participants will learn about OpenPDAC, an offline Eulerian-Lagrangian model for the simulation of volcanic flows based on OpenFOAM. OpenPDAC solves the conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy for a Eulerian-Eulerian compressible multiphase mixture of gasses and fine (up to mm size) particles, and the Lagrangian transport equations for coarser solid particles. The solver is based on the equations of the PDAC model, ported and optimized on the open-source OpenFOAM C++ toolbox for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Additionally, the course will cover FALL3D, an Eulerian model for the atmospheric transport and ground deposition of volcanic tephra (ash). FALL3D is commonly used in operational volcanic ash dispersion forecasts to avoid aircraft encounters with volcanic ash clouds and to perform re-routings to avoid contaminated airspace areas.


Basic knowledge of Linux commands/scripting and HPC systems


There is no registration fee. The attendees would need to cover the expenses for travel, accommodation and meals.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn and gain experience in installing the codes and related utilities and libraries, setting up and running numerical simulations, monitoring the execution of supercomputing jobs, and analyzing the model results.

Academic Staff:

  • Arnau Folch (CSIC)
  • Tomaso Esposti-Ongaro (INGV)
  • Mattia De’Michieli Vitturi (INGV)
  • Antonio Costa (INGV)
  • Leonardo Mingari (CSIC)
  • Giovanni Macedonio (INGV)
  • Laura Sandri (INGV)
  • Federica Pardini (INGV)
  • Federico Brogi (INGV)

IP notice:

Attendees can only download, make and retain a copy of the materials for his/her use for non‐commercial and research purposes. The User may not commercially use the material unless has been granted prior written consent by the Licensor.

Further information:

For any questions and further details about the training, please contact us.