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.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
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)
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.
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.