BingClaw - Model for simulating dynamics of cohesive landslides

Hosting Institution:

Stiftelsen Norges Geotekniske Institutt (NGI), Norway


This service equips scientists with an advanced tool for simulating landslide dynamics in both subaerial and subaqueous conditions, both as a tool towards simulating the landslide dynamics and its run-out distance, but also for generating tsunamis. The depth-averaged model, named BingClaw, is primarily tailored for taking into account the behaviour of clay-rich materials during landslide motion for both onshore and offshore applications.

The service computes the motion of the landslide as a function of time. It uses a finite volume scheme to solve the equations of motion, which is depth averaged for the Herschel Bulkley fluid. It considers the complex terrain deflection, as well as the remoulding of the material, as well as the fluid resistance, and includes the transition between the fluid phases in air and water.

TA Access to the BingClaw numerical model will consist of on-site training-through-research for a limited set of selected users. The training will go through the principles of BingClaw, how to use the model, and exemplify with a set of running case studies. For optimal output of the training, the objective of the last part TA is that the training will focus on helping participants to adapt the model to their ongoing or planned research. As the simulations are relatively lightweight, the simulations will be carried out the users own laptops. It will be a prerequisite that the users are able to deploy the model using Docker containers in a Linux environment. To this end, the model will be containerised later to simplify the deployment and distribute to the selected TA users.

Target community/Users:

Researchers and engineers. The program license is limited to research use.

Community Standards:

Most input and out formats mimic closely ESRII ASCII.

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