CitcomCU version:1.0.3 date:: 2009-11-19


CitcomCU-1.0.3.tar.gz [2009-11-19]

Primary Developers

Michael Gurnis
California Institute of Technology
Louis Moresi
Monash University
Shijie Zhong
University of Colorado, Boulder


CitcomCU is a finite element parallel code capable of modeling thermochemical convection in a three-dimensional domain appropriate for convection within the Earth's mantle.

Based on the original Citcom code developed by Louis Moresi, CitcomCU was developed by Shijie Zhong at the University of Colorado at Boulder and implements many new extensions, such as support for both regional cartesian and regional spherical geometries, thermochemical convection with particles, and extended Boussinesq approximations. For more details, refer to the README file included in this distribution.

Cite as

Moresi, L.; Zhong, S.; Gurnis, M.; Armendariz, L.; Tan, E.; Becker, T. (2009), CitcomCU v1.0.3 [software], Available from:, doi: NoDOI, url:

Primary References

Moresi, L.; Gurnis, M. (1996), Constraints on the lateral strength of slabs from three-dimensional dynamic flow models, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 138 (1) , 15-28

Zhong, S. (2006), Constraints on thermochemical convection of the mantle from plume heat flux, plume excess temperature, and upper mantle temperature, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111 (B4) , B04409, doi: 10.1029/2005JB003972, url:


Primary Developer
Michael Gurnis
Primary Developer
Louis Moresi
Primary Developer
Shijie Zhong
Contributor Developer
Luis Armendariz
Contributor Developer
Thorsten Becker
Contributor Developer
Eh Tan
Primary Manual
Shijie Zhong
Other Acknowledgement
This code originally had the following two overlapping copyrights; Copyright (C) 1994-2005 California Institute of Technology and Copyright (C) 2000-2005 The University of Colorado which neither covered the release date for the final version (2009).


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