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CSDMS 2017 annual meeting: Modeling Coupled Earth and Human Systems - The Dynamic Duo

Bringing CSDMS Models into the Classroom

Irina Overeem

University of Colorado, Boulder, United States
Mark Piper University of Colorado, Boulder United States

CSDMS has developed a Web-based Modeling Tool – the WMT. WMT allows users to select models, to edit model parameters, and run the model on the CSDMS High-Performance Computing System. The web tool makes it straightforward to configure different model components and run a coupled model simulation. Users can monitor progress of simulations and download model output.

CSDMS has designed educational labs that use the WMT to teach quantitative concepts in geomorphology, hydrology, coastal evolution and coastal sediment transport. These labs are intended for use by Teaching assistants and Faculty alike. Descriptions of 2 to 4-hr hands-on labs have been developed for HydroTrend, Plume, Sedflux, CHILD, TOPOFLOW and ROMS-Lite. These labs include instructions for students to run the models and explore dominant parameters in sets of simulations. Learning objectives are split between topical concepts, on climate change and sediment transport amongst many others, and modeling strategies, modeling philosophy and critical assessment of model results.

In this clinic, we will provide an overview of the available models and labs, and their themes and active learning objectives. We will discuss the requirements and logistics of using the WMT in your classroom. We will run some simulations hands-on, and walk through one lab in more detail as a demonstration. Finally, the workshop intends to discuss future developments for earning assessment tools with the participants.

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Of interest for:
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group