Lake Level Changes in the Arid West
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- To teach the importance of boundary conditions. Each of the lakes in the chain is limited in the volume, depth, and area it can attain by the presence of a spillway in its drainage basin. Students have to learn how to deal with these boundary conditions by using conditional statements.
- To convey the concept of response time and what it is dependent on.
- To experiment with oscillatory behavior.
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Teaching Notes and Tips
Note: All the math for the model is laid out fully in the Menking and Anderson chapter listed in the References and Resources section.
Owens_Lake_Chain_Model_Image.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 142kB Jun7 05)
owens_lake_chain_v7.STM ( 280kB Jun7 05)
owens_chain.f90 ( 4kB Jun7 05)
hypsometry_dat.xls (Excel 59kB Jun7 05)
assignment_assessment__6.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 5kB Jun7 05)
References and Resources
Menking, K.M. and R.S. Anderson (1995). A Model of Runoff, Evaporation, and Overspill in the Owens River System of Lakes, Eastern California (Acrobat (PDF) 900kB Jun7 05). Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Tectonics, University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Resource Type: Activities:Lab 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
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science