Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 229–237 | Cite as

Numerical modeling of mantle convection in 3D on the SEE-GRID-SCI infrastructure

  • Miklos KozlovszkyEmail author
  • Ákos Balaskó
  • Bálint Süle
Research Article


The Numerical Modeling of Mantle Convection (NMMC3D) application is calculating mantle convection models in 3D Cartesian domain. Our main goal is to study the structure and the surface manifestation (topographic and geoid anomalies) of the mantle plumes. The parameter study support tools of the P-GRADE grid Portal give an effective possibility to make an systematic investigation of the parameters influencing the character of mantle plumes. In collaboration with the MTA SZTAKI Application Porting Centre the NMMC3D has been ported to the SEE-GRID-SCI infrastructure. The paper introduces the steps that were taken to enable NMMC3D application on gLite based grid infrastructure and some results of the calculations. The main parameters influencing the mantle convection are the Rayleigh-number and the viscosity distribution of the mantle. In this paper the effect of these parameters is investigated on the thermal structure and surface manifestations of mantle plumes.


Grid SEE-GRID-SCI Mantle convection Mantle plumes P-GRADE Portal 



This work makes use of results produced by the SEE-GRID eInfrastructure for regional eScience, a project co-funded by the European Commission (under contract number 211338) through the Seventh Framework Programme. SEE-GRID-SCI stimulates widespread eInfrastructure uptake by new user groups extending over the region of South Eastern Europe, fostering collaboration and providing advanced capabilities to more researchers, with an emphasis on strategic groups in seismology, meteorology and environmental protection. Full information is available at


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miklos Kozlovszky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ákos Balaskó
    • 1
  • Bálint Süle
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of the Parallel and Distributed SystemsMTA SZTAKI, Computer and Automation Research InstituteBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Seismological ObservatoryGGRI, Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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