Global Phosphorus Cycle
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- To get the students comfortable with using STELLA
- To demonstrate the behavior of a closed system with multidirectional flows
- To convey the important concept of steady state behavior
- To convey the importance of the 1/2 DT rule, which says that the time step (DT) should be halved until there is no longer a change in results from model run to model run.
- To get the students comfortable with adjusting the model to run different experiments and with interpreting the results of those experiments.
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Teaching Notes and Tips
Documented_P_Cycle.stm ( 294kB Jun7 05)
phosphorus.f90 ( 5kB Jun7 05)
assignment_assessment_1.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 5kB Jun7 05)
References and Resources
Chameides, W.L., and Perdue, E.M., 1997, Biogeochemical Cycles: A ComputerInteractive Study of Earth System Science and Global Change, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 97-107 (Chp. 5, The Global Phosphorous Cycle).
Jahnke, R.A., 1992, The Phosphorus Cycle, in Butcher, S.S., Charlson, R.J., Orians, G.H., and Wolfe, G.V. (eds.), Global Biogeochemical Cycles, New York: Academic Press, p. 301-315.
Lerman, A., Mackenzie, F.T., and Garrels, R.M., 1975, Modeling of Geochemical Cycles: Phosphorus as an Example, Geological Society of America Memoir 142, p. 205-218.
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Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Computer Applications
Special Interest: Quantitative, Computer-Based
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Quantitative Skills: Models and Modeling
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Biogeoscience, Atmospheric Science
Topics: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Climate, Earth surface