This is my development page for the ASPECT geodynamics code.

I will be posting links to relevant documents to use within Durham University Department of Earth Sciences and for global use. I also have a GitHub page which will be linked to this work and published studies.

Links:  – the software page.

Join the mailing list here! – it is an excellent way to get involved with the development and to voice questions.

Publications using ASPECT  – from the software page. – GitHub development page that has a wiki page on installation (

ASPECT User Manual  – updated regularly (currently 30 MB and 454 pages).

ASPECT CIG Community page (overview) and ASPECT CIG Wiki page (slightly dated).

2014 Introduction to ASPECT powerpoint presentation

Webpage for IMPERIAL COLLEGE – Feb 13-14th 2018

Build sequences for different computer clusters and platforms:

**If you require ASPECT on a different platform, feel free to contact me** 

The ASPECT wiki page has a number of compilation guides already available. Candi is an excellent ‘out of the box’ tool for installing deal.ii, and is highly recommended.


guide setup on the ASPECT GitHub wiki page

Ubuntu 14.04: 

WEBPAGE with instructions 

PDF: ubuntu14_Oct_2017_aspect2_dealii851_v_3

Hamilton Cluster (Durham University): 

WEBPAGE with instructions

PDF: Hamilton_cluster_Oct_2017_aspect2_dealii851_v_3  

example SBATCH script for Hamilton Cluster: mpi.slurm

N8 Cluster (UK):

WEBPAGE with instructions 

PDF: N8_cluster_july_2017_aspect2_dealii850_v_1_0

Installation for SciNet (GPC) *dated*:

PDF: scinet_may_2017_aspect2_dealii850  build-sequencedealii-aspect-details

Installation for Mac *dated*: 

PDF: mac_aspect_install_2017 (edited from Hiroaki Matsui) – this may be out of date.

Talks given on ASPECT usability with notes from the presentations:

1. Structural Geology Seminar, 13th September 2017 ‘ASPECT: a modern numerical code for geodynamics’:

Presentation pdf: HERON_DUR_SG_Seminar

Link to paper showing Tristan plume-ridge interaction: Gassmoeller et al, G-cubed, 2016

ASPECT EXAMPLE – A video of a result from Gassmoeller et al (2016):


ASPECT EXAMPLE – Cookbook example for continental extension:


Notes from the talk: For fluid flow of particulates, ASPECT wouldn’t be able to handle that. However, deal.ii (a component required to run ASPECT) does tackle this problem. This link leads to an example of ‘step-21’ which is a program that uses deal.ii (again a separate entity that ASPECT needs to run). It a two phase fluid flow problem “modelling of two phase flow in porous media is important for both environmental remediation and the management of petroleum and groundwater reservoirs”. There are some excellent movies in the middle of this webpage – very interesting stuff.

2. Laurentian University Research Talk, ‘Numerical modelling of plate tectonic processes: from crust to the core’

3. Geochemistry Geodynamics Seminar, 13th March 2017 ‘LLSVPS, the Earth Earth and ASPECT’: 

Below are some relevant material related to the talk, in case anyone would like some papers on the topic.

Garnero et al., 2016 Review of LLSVPs: Continent-sized anomalous zones with low seismic velocity at the base of Earth’s mantle

Ted Talk on LLSVPs by Ed Garnero: Youtube link 

Rizo et al., 2016, Science, Preservation of Earth-forming events in the tungsten isotopic composition of modern flood basalts.

2014 Introduction to ASPECT powerpoint presentation

 4. Imperial College visit, 13-14th Feb 2018: 

Webpage for IMPERIAL COLLEGE – Feb 13-14th 2018


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