Temperature Profiles in Permafrost
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- To teach the students about the basics of heat transfer and the geothermal gradient
- To introduce oscillatory behavior
- To introduce the STELLA concept of "bi-flows"
- To introduce the STELLA "ghost" function in designing and building model structures
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Teaching Notes and Tips
heat_flow.v5.STM ( 59kB Jun7 05)
Heat_Flow2.f90 ( 4kB Jun7 05)
assignment_assessment__3.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 5kB Jun7 05)
References and Resources
Turcotte, D.L., and Schubert, G., 2000, Geodynamics, 2nd ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, p. 132-143, 150-152.
Lachenbruch, A.H., and Marshall, B.V., 1986, Changing climate: geothermal evidence from permafrost in the Alaskan Arctic, Science, v. 234, p. 689-696.
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Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Computer Applications
Special Interest: Complex Systems, Computer-Based, Quantitative
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Quantitative Skills: Models and Modeling
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Climate, Earth surface
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