William Locke

Earth Sciences

Montana State University-Bozeman

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activities (6)

Mid-level spreadsheeting and complex modeling of real-world scarp evolution part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
SCARP2 is the second in a sequence of spreadsheet modeling exercises (SCARP, LONGPRO, and GLACPRO). This exercise is a second or familiarization exercise in spreadsheeting, but is also a mathematical model for slope evolution. It uses the concept of "erosivity" (generally, the relative ratio of driving and resisting forces) and slope angle to reshape an initial topography. Finally, it asks the students themselves to come up with a real-world situation worth modeling.

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Ice Core Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This assignment (for upper-division/graduate students) provides exposure to ice core data, problem-solving to register data sets, technical challenges in data manipulation and statistics, and an opportunity to synthesize across time and space.

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The Geoscape of Bozeman, Montana part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
This project was intended to build familiarity with the local geologic environment through a poster session leading to a single poster following the Canadian "Geoscape" model.

The 1997 floods of Bozeman Creek, Montana part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
This project involved student provocation of community response along a local creek in response to accumulation of twice-normal winter snowpack in the winter of 1996-7.

Understanding a bedload-dominated stream through spreadsheet modeling part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
LONGPRO is the third in a sequence of spreadsheet modeling exercises (SCARP, SCARP2, and GLACPRO). The purpose of this exercise is to teach students to "think like a stream" by integrating modeling with field data to understand the nature of adjustments in bedload-dominated fluvial systems. The context is a study of a piedmont alluvial stream - Middle Cottonwood Creek - and its deposits. The exercise should be transportable to other stream systems.

Pressure-melting of ice: demonstration part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Pressure-melting of ice, which is responsible for many aspects of glacier-bed process, is demonstrable in a standard class period at effectively no cost of time or $.

Course

Principles of Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
The study of geomorphology provides a working understanding of the terminology of landforms and a basic understanding of the processes and history of landscape evolution.

Other Contributions (3)

Spreadsheet modeling of former glaciation in research mode part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
GLACPRO is the fourth in a sequence of spreadsheet modeling exercises (SCARP, SCARP2, LONGPRO). It is a simple model that can be applied to answer a research question that may not yet have been addressed in print; it is thus a transition to senior- or graduate-level work. Specifically, in the GLACPRO exercise student teams (1-3 members) use a numerical model to reconstruct a former glacial flowline from moraines to source. They must interact with teams studying adjacent flowlines to accurately place ice divides. They can calculate average thicknesses, volumes, ice loading, and sea level equivalent from the class model. In the past, I have used this method to reconstruct the former ice cover of Yellowstone, the Bitterroot Mountains, the San Juans, Sierra Nevada, and numerous other glaciated regions.

Introductory spreadsheeting, graphical display, and modeling through simulation of scarp evolution part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
SCARP is the first in a sequence of spreadsheet modeling exercises (SCARP2, LONGPRO, and GLACPRO). In this exercise, students use a simple arithmetic model (a running mean) to simulate the evolution of a scarp (escarpment) across time. Although the output closely resembles an evolving scarp, no real variables are included in the model. The purpose of the exercise, in addition to the simulation, is to develop basic skills in spreadsheeting and especially in graphical display.

Terraces and alluvial fans of the Madison Valley, SW Montana part of Vignettes:Vignette Collection
William Locke Montana State University Location Continent: North America Country: United States of America State/Province: Montana County: Madison UTM coordinates and datum: 12T VR 5323 2122 Setting Climate ...


Events and Communities

Geomorphology Workshop 2008 Participants

Teaching Service Learning in the Geosciences Participants

Climate Change

Quantitative Skills 2005 Participants