CSDMS 2024: Coastlines, Critical Zones and Cascading Hazards: Modeling Dynamic Interfaces from Deep Time to Human Time

Coupling biological and surface processes in landscape evolution models

Eyal Marder

Indiana University, United States
Brian Yanites Indiana University United States
Tara Smiley Stony Brook University United States

It is now well established that the evolution of terrestrial species is highly impacted by long term topographic changes (e.g., high biodiversity in mountain ranges globally). Recent advances in landscape and biological models have opened the gate for deep investigation of the feedback between topographic changes and biological processes over millions of years timescale (e.g., dispersal, adaptation, speciation). In this clinic, we will use novel codes that couple biological processes with FastScape, a widely used landscape evolution model, and explore biological processes and speciation during and after mountain building under different magnitudes of tectonic rock uplift rates. We will explore and deduce how the magnitude and pace of mountain building impact biodiversity and how such interactions can be tracked in mountain ranges today. Python and Jupyter Notebook will be used in the clinic, and basic knowledge in python is desirable.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Geodynamics Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group
  • River Network Modeling Initiative