Using the Hard/Soft Contrast Parameter in WILSIM-GC to Model Lithostratigraphy in the Grand Canyon
After successfully completing this exercise, students will be able to describe how the "hard/soft contrast" parameter in WILSIM-GC influences the model output.
Higher Order Thinking Skills
Students formulate and test hypotheses.
Students learn to manipulate the parameters of the computer simulation WILSIM-GC.
Context for Use
Undergraduate course in geography or geology
This is an introductory parameter exercise that requires no additional skills. A basic knowledge of fluvial erosional processes and landform evolution is recommended.
Where this activity fits in the course
This is a stand-alone exercise that can be used as an introduction to WILSIM-GC, a computer simulation. Having completed this exercise, students will be ready to use WILSIM-GC to do more sophisticated activities, exploring and discovering principles of fluvial geomorphology.
Description and Teaching Materials
Modeling Lithostratigraphy in the Grand Canyon Using the Hard/Soft Contrast Parameter in WILSIM-GC (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 302kB Nov14 15)