The module exercises allow you to explore the variables that affect the Grand Canyon and the features of WILSIM-GC. Module 1, provides the necessary background information about erosional forces and the types of rock that make up the Grand Canyon. In module 2, you will learn about the model and complete an introductory exercise using WILSIM-GC. Modules 3 and 4 are more advanced exercises that utilize WILSIM-GC and encourage students to think about how the model parameters affect the resulting topography.
- Module 1 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.5MB Oct29 15)
- Module 2 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.3MB Oct29 15)
- Module 3 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 3.7MB Oct29 15)
- Module 4 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 237kB Oct29 15)
If you would prefer to examine an individual parameter in WILSIM-GC, you can select a particular parameter of interest and complete an exercise on that topic.
- Subsidence Rate (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 707kB Oct29 15)
- Rock Erodibility (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 302kB Oct29 15)
- Hard/Soft Contrast (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 302kB Oct29 15)
- Cliff Retreat Rate (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 302kB Oct29 15)
- Simulation End Time (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 301kB Oct29 15)
- Visualization Interval (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 767kB Oct29 15)
In this assignment students model different scenarios of landscape evolution using the cellular automata version of WILSIM. The assignment takes them through several situations involving changes in commonly modeled landscape variables like overland flow, faulting and uplift, erosivity, and drainage incision. At the end of the exercise, students test a hypothesis about the sensitivity of the model to changes in a variable.
The WILSIM project team will be developing additional activities. Check back here for progress.
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