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Dan Martin

Dan Martin
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Mathematician Staff Scientist/Engineer
Phone: +1 510 495 2852
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Dan Martin is a computational scientist and acting group leader for the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research involves development of algorithms and software for solving systems of PDEs using adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) finite volume schemes, high (4th)-order finite volume schemes for conservation laws on mapped meshes, and Chombo development and support.

Current applications of interest are developing the BISICLES AMR ice sheet model as a part of the SCIDAC-funded ProSPect application partnership, and some development work related to the COGENT gyrokinetic modeling code, which is being developed in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a part of the Edge Simulation Laboratory (ESL) collaboration. Dan joined ANAG and LBL as a post-doc in 1998. He has published in a broad range of application areas including projection methods for incompressible flow, adaptive methods for MHD, phase-field dynamics in materials, and Ice sheet modeling.

Dan is also the LBL practicum coordinator for the DOE´s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program.

Journal Articles

M. S. Waibel, C. L. Hulbe, C. S. Jackson, D. F. Martin, "Rate of Mass Loss Across the Instability Threshold for Thwaites Glacier Determines Rate of Mass Loss for Entire Basin", Geophysical Resarch Letters, February 19, 2018, 45:809-816, doi: 10.1002/2017GL076470

S.L. Cornford, D.F.Martin, V. Lee, A.J. Payne, E.G. Ng, "Adaptive mesh refinement versus subgrid friction interpolation in simulations of Antarctic ice dynamics", Annals of Glaciology, September 2016, 57 (73), doi: 10.1017/aog.2016.13

Xylar S. Asay-Davis, Stephen L. Cornford, Gaël Durand, Benjamin K. Galton-Fenzi, Rupert M. Gladstone, G. Hilmar Gudmundsson, Tore Hattermann, David M. Holland, Denise Holland, Paul R. Holland, Daniel F. Martin, Pierre Mathiot, Frank Pattyn, Hélène Seroussi, "Experimental design for three interrelated marine ice sheet and ocean model intercomparison projects: MISMIP v. 3 (MISMIP +), ISOMIP v. 2 (ISOMIP +) and MISOMIP v. 1 (MISOMIP1)", Geoscientific Model Development, July 2016, 9(7), doi: doi:10.5194/gmd-9-2471-2016

S. L. Cornford, D. F. Martin, A. J. Payne, E. G. Ng, A. M. Le Brocq, R. M. Gladstone, T. L. Edwards, S. R. Shannon, C. Agosta, M. R. van den Broeke, H. H. Hellmer, G. Krinner, S. R. M. Ligtenberg, R. Timmermann, D. G. Vaughan, "Century-scale simulations of the response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to a warming climate", The Cryosphere, August 18, 2015, doi: 10.5194/tc-9-1579-2015, 2015

S.L. Cornford, D.F. Martin, D.T. Graves, D.F. Ranken, A.M. Le Brocq, R.M. Gladstone, A.J. Payne, E.G. Ng, W.H. Lipscomb, "Adaptive mesh, finite volume modeling of marine ice sheets", Journal of Computational Physics, 232(1):529-549, 2013,

P.S. Li, D.F. Martin, R.I. Klein, and C.F. McKee, "A Stable, Accurate Methodology for High Mach Number, Strong Magnetic Field MHD Turbulence with Adaptive Mesh Refinement: Resolution and Refinement Studies", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2012,

F. Miniati and D.F. Martin, "Constrained-transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive Mesh Refinement in CHARM", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 195(1):5, 2011,

P. Colella, M.R. Dorr, J.A.F. Hittinger, and D.F. Martin, "High-Order Finite-Volume Methods in Mapped Coordinates", Journal of Computational Physics, 230(8):2952-2976 (2011), 2011,

Prateek Sharma, Phillip Colella, and Daniel F. Martin, "Numerical Implementation of Streaming Down the Gradient: Application to Fluid Modeling of Cosmic Rays", SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing , Vol 32(6), 3564-3583, 2010,

Martin, D.F., Colella, P., and Graves, D.T., "A Cell-Centered Adaptive Projection Method for the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations in Three Dimensions", Journal of Computational Physics Vol 227 (2008) pp. 1863-1886., 2008, LBNL 62025,

Martin, D.F., Colella, P., Anghel, M., Alexander, F., "Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Multiscale Nonequilibrium Physics", Computing in Science and Engineering Vol.7 N.3 (2005), pp. 24-31, 2005,

Trebotich, D., Miller, G.H., Colella, P., Graves, D.T., Martin, D.F., Schwartz, P.O., "A Tightly Coupled Particle-Fluid Model for DNA-Laden Flows in Complex Microscale Geometries", Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2005, pp. 1018-1022, Elsevier (K. J. Bathe editor), 2005,

Samtaney, R., Colella, P., Jardin, S.C., Martin, D.F., "3D Adaptive Mesh Refinement Simulations of Pellet Injection in Tokamaks", Computer Physics Communications Vol.164 (2004), pp. 220-228, 2004,

Martin D., Colella, P., "A Cell-Centered Adaptive Projection Method for the Incompressible Euler Equations", J. Comput. Phys. Vol.163 (2000), pp. 271-312, 2000,

Conference Papers

Xiaocheng Zou, David Boyuka, Dhara Desai, Martin, Suren Byna, Kesheng Wu, Kushal, Bin Dong, Wenzhao Zhang, Houjun Tang Dharshi Devendran, David Trebotich, Scott, Hans Johansen, Nagiza Samatova, "AMR-aware In Situ Indexing and Scalable Querying", The 24th High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC, January 1, 2016,

Xiaocheng Zou, Kesheng Wu, David A. Boyuka, Daniel F. Martin, Suren Byna, Houjun, Kushal Bansal, Terry J. Ligocki, Hans Johansen, and Nagiza F. Samatova, "Parallel In Situ Detection of Connected Components Adaptive Mesh Refinement Data", Proceedings of the Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid) 2015, 2015,

Deines E., Weber, G.H., Garth, C., Van Straalen, B. Borovikov, S., Martin, D.F., and Joy, K.I., "On the computation of integral curves in adaptive mesh refinement vector fields", Proceedings of Dagstuhl Seminar on Scientific Visualization 2009, Schloss Dagstuhl, 2011, 2:73-91, LBNL 4972E,

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R.H. Cohen, J. Compton, M. Dorr, J. Hittinger, W.M Nevins, T.D. Rognlien, Z.Q. Xu, P. Colella, and D. Martin, "Testing and Plans for the COGENT edge kinetic code", (abstract) submitted to Sherwood 2010, 2010,

G. H. Weber, S. Ahern, E.W. Bethel, S. Borovikov, H.R. Childs, E. Deines, C. Garth, H. Hagen, B. Hamann, K.I. Joy, D. Martin, J. Meredith, Prabhat, D. Pugmire, O. Rübel, B. Van Straalen and K. Wu, "Recent Advances in VisIt: AMR Streamlines and Query-Driven Visualization", Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: Astronum-2009 (Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, 3185E, 2010, 429:329-334,

P. Colella, M. Dorr, J. Hittinger, P.W. McCorquodale, and D.F. Martin, "High-Order Finite-Volume Methods on Locally-Structured Grids", Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: Astronum 2008 -- Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, June 8-13, 2008, St John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2009, pp. 207-216, 2009,

P. Colella, M. Dorr, J. Hittinger, D.F. Martin, and P. McCorquodale, "High-Order Finite-Volume Adaptive Methods on Locally Rectangular Grids", 2009 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 180 012010, 2009,

Martin, D.F., Colella, P.. and Keen, N., A. Deane, G. Brenner, A. Ecer, D. Emerson, J. McDonough, J. Periaux, N. Satofuka, & D. Tromeur-Dervout (Eds.), "An Incompressible Navier-Stokes with Particles Algorithm and Parallel Implementation", Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics: Theory and Applications, Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics, May 24-27, College Park, MD, USA, Elsevier (2006), p. 461-468., 2006, LBNL 58787,


Daniel Martin, Stephen Cornford, Antony Payne, Millennial-Scale Vulnerability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to localized subshelf warm-water forcing, International Symposium on Polar Ice, Polar Climate, Polar Change, August 18, 2017,

Daniel Martin, Xylar Asay-Davis, Stephen Cornford, Stephen Price, Esmond Ng, William Collins, A Tale of Two Forcings: Present-Day Coupled Antarctic Ice-sheet/Southern Ocean dynamics using the POPSICLES model., European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015, April 16, 2015,

Daniel Martin, Peter O. Schwartz, Esmond G. Ng, Improving Grounding Line Discretization using an Embedded-Boundary Approach in BISICLES, 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 14, 2015,

Daniel F. Martin, Response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to Ocean Forcing using the POPSICLES Coupled Ice sheet-ocean model, Joint Land Ice Working Group/Polar Climate Working Group Meeting, Boulder, CO, February 3, 2015,

Daniel Martin, Xylar Asay-Davis, Stephen Price, Stephen Cornford, Esmond Ng, William Collins, Response of the Antarctic ice sheet to ocean forcing using the POPSICLES coupled ice sheet - ocean model, Twenty-first Annual WAIS Workshop, September 25, 2014,


Esmond Ng, Katherine J. Evans, Peter Caldwell, Forrest M. Hoffman, Charles Jackson, Kerstin Van Dam, Ruby Leung, Daniel F. Martin, George Ostrouchov, Raymond Tuminaro, Paul Ullrich, Stefan Wild, Samuel Williams, "Advances in Cross-Cutting Ideas for Computational Climate Science (AXICCS)", January 2017, doi: 10.2172/1341564

M. Adams, P. Colella, D. T. Graves, J.N. Johnson, N.D. Keen, T. J. Ligocki. D. F. Martin. P.W. McCorquodale, D. Modiano. P.O. Schwartz, T.D. Sternberg, B. Van Straalen, "Chombo Software Package for AMR Applications - Design Document", Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Technical Report LBNL-6616E, January 9, 2015,

Martin, D.F., Cartwright, K.L., "Solving Poisson's Equation using Adaptive Mesh Refinement", U.C. Berkeley Electronics Research Laboratory report No. UCB/ERL M96/66, October 19, 1996,


An Adaptive Cell-Centered Projection Method for the Incompressible Euler Equations, Martin, D.F., 1998,


Daniel F Martin, Xylar Asay-Davis, Jan De Rydt,, "Sensitivity of Ice-Ocean coupling to interactions with subglacial hydrology", AGU 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting,, February 14, 2018,

E.G. Ng, D.F. Martin, X. S. Asay-Davis , S.F. Price , W.D. Collins, "High-resolution coupled ice sheet-ocean modeling using the POPSICLES model", American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 17, 2014,

D.F. Martin, X.S.Asay-Davis, S.F. Price, S.L. Cornford, M. Maltrud, E.G. Ng, W.D. Collins, "Response of the Antarctic ice sheet to ocean forcing using the POPSICLES coupled ice sheet-ocean model", AmericanGeophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 17, 2014,