Clawpack stands for “Conservation Laws Package” and was initially developed for linear and nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, with a focus on implementing high-resolution Godunov type methods using limiters in a general framework applicable to many applications. These finite volume methods require a “Riemann solver” to resolve the jump discontinuity at the interface between two grid cells into waves propagating into the neighboring cells.

Adaptive mesh refinement is included, see *AMRClaw*.

Recent extensions allow the solution of hyperbolic problems that are not in conservation form. We are actively working on extensions to parabolic equations as well.

The “wave propagation” algorithms implemented in Clawpack are discribed in
detail in the book Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems
Virtually all of the figures in this book were generated using Clawpack and
the source code for each can be found in
$CLAW/book
See *Examples from the book FVMHP* for a list of available examples with pointers to the codes
and resulting plots.

See the *Bibliography* for some pointers to papers describing Clawpack and
the algorithms used in more detail.

A bibliography of older papers using Clawpack can be found here. This is out of date!

Clawpack is distributed under the terms of the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license.

The licence is in the file $CLAW/LICENSE.txt and reprinted below.

See http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php for more details.

Copyright (c) 1994–2010, Randall J. LeVeque and others. All rights reserved.

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Many people have contributed to the development of Clawpack since its inception in 1994.

Major contributions have been made by the following individuals:

Randall J. LeVeque, University of Washington [RJL]

Originally developed the 1d and 2d Clawpack routines and is the lead developer.

Jan Olav Langseth, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment [JOL]

Developed the 3d algorithms and software with RJL.

Marsha Berger, Courant Institute, NYU [MJB]

Wrote much of the 2d AMR software originally for the Euler equations and worked with RJL to generalize to the AMRCLAW framework. Later adapted this to 3d in work with David McQueen (NYU) and DAC, and continues to be involved in further development of the software.

Donna Calhoun, CEA, Paris [DAC]

Improved Matlab graphics routines and extended to 3d. Developed 3d AMR routines and applications. Developed ChomboClaw, an extension to allow the Clawpack Riemann solvers and frontend to be used together with the Chombo AMR package developed by Phil Colella’s group at LBL.

Sorin Mitran, UNC

Developed MPI and HDF routines and the Clawpack 4.3 website. He is also the author of BEARCLAW and ASTROBEAR software implementing AMR in a similar framework to Clawpack.

Peter Blossey, UW

Developed MPI and HDF versions in Clawpack 4.3.

David George, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory [DLG]

Developing GeoClaw (with RJL, MJB, KM) for geophysical depth-averaged applications.

Kyle Mandli, UW

Main developer of the PyClaw pure python version in directory $CLAW/python/pyclaw, and the Python/Fortran interface.

Chris Swierczewski, UW

Working on the Python interface, Sage interface, installation routines.

David Ketcheson, KAUST

Developing SharpClaw for high order methods, e.g. WENO, with Runge-Kutta time stepping.

Numerous students and other users have contributed towards this software, by finding bugs, suggesting improvements, and exploring its use on new applications. Thank you!

Development of this software has been supported in part by

- NSF Grants DMS-8657319, DMS-9204329, DMS-9303404, DMS-9505021, DMS-96226645, DMS-9803442, DMS-0106511, CMS-0245206, DMS-0609661, DMS-0914942
- DOE Grants DE-FG06-93ER25181, DE-FG03-96ER25292, DE-FG02-88ER25053, DE-FG02-92ER25139, DE-FG03-00ER2592, DE-FC02-01ER25474
- AFOSR grant F49620-94-0132,
- NIH grant 5R01AR53652-2,
- ONR grant N00014-09-1-0649
- The Norwegian Research Council (NFR) through the program no. 101039/420.
- The Scientific Computing Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
- The Boeing Professorship and the Founders Term Professorship in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of these agencies.

If you use Clawpack in publications, please cite the following....

R. J. LeVeque, M. J. Berger, et. al., Clawpack Software <version number>, www.clawpack.org, <date of access>

Please also cite one of the following regarding the algorithms used in Clawpack:

- Basic algorithms in 1d and 2d: [LeVeque97], [LeVeque-FVMHP]
- 3d algorithms: [LangsethLeVeque00]
- AMR: [BergerLeVeque98]