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Louis Moresi

Professor of Geophysics Australian National University Canberra, Australia +61 4 0333 1413

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I am a professor of geophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. I am interested in understanding the evolution of the deep Earth over geological time, and how this evolution is recorded in the superficial geological record. The tools of my trade are computational models which you can read about on the Software page.

I am a strong supporter of open source code so you will also find links to repositories where the source code is available with examples of how to reproduce peer-reviewed benchmarks and published results. Since I am also a believer in literate programming [1], recent examples are in the form of ipython / jupyter notebooks.

If you would like to contact me, please be aware that I am delocalised between Melbourne and Canberra and that I have a number of commitments in the UK that have me travelling often; email does not always find me quickly and my phone may not work but, please, do try !

[1] Knuth, Donald E. (1984). “Literate Programming”. The Computer Journal (British Computer Society) 27 (2): 97–111. doi:10.1093/comjnl/27.2.97.

Recent Articles

Alaska Moho Model (Reproducible)

Craton Formation and the Onset of Plate Tectonics — (they don’t make them like they used to … )

Shear Bands with Dilatancy modelled with Underworld — In honour of Hans Mühlhaus’ 70th birthday this month, here are some shear band simulations made with Underworld. We are investigating the role of dilatancy in the geometry of the shear bands for a ...

Publishing Computational Science with Containers — Results in computational science ought to be free of the observational uncertainties that make reproducibility so tricky in the experimental sciences. However, even when codes are completely open s...

Reproducible, Reviewable Scientific Code with Docker — The Underworld team recently decided to focus on distributing Docker images with Underworld2 pre-installed. This was primarily to make our lives easier in deploying our software on multiple platfor...

Computational Challenges for Continental Dynamics — The December 2015 issue of SIAM news has an article which I wrote as a follow up to a plenary talk I gave at the SIAM Geoscience meeting this (northern) summer.

Geodynamics videos — Some videos by me or with me in them [updated]

Link: Underworld 2 poster - Quenette et al, 2015

Link: Science Show: Mathematics Prerequisites for Science

Cartopy — The cartopy tutorial materials from the python VIEPS course from 2015 are now available on my github teaching page under Mapping. I like the simplicity of this package and I used it to help the cla...

Gitbucket v. Bithub v. roll-your-own — The days of running a webserver quietly on some machine in the corner are long gone but what happens when you need services like repositories for code management, a user forum and other shared spac...

Underworld 2 — Underworld is our parallel, particle-in-cell, finite element geodynamics code [1]. For the past year or so, the Underworld team has been working on a refurbished user interface. We’ve known for ...