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Putting Oceans and Great Lakes into Digital Circulation: A New Curriculum

Water doesn't just sit in an ocean, estuary, or lake; it circulates.  How it circulates depends on tides, storms, wind, and other forces.  This relatively easy concept requires complex computer modeling to  fully explain. One of these models is the numerical Regional Ocean  Modeling System (ROMS). Researchers and educators will cooperate to  take ROMS from realms of advanced research and deliver it to high  school and university students. Project leaders will create a way for  students to watch how digital renditions of Lake Superior, Lake Erie  and the Chesapeake Bay respond to virtual winds, seasonal cycles,  pollution spills and other events. Supporting materials and workshops  will help educators integrate the software package into curriculums.  High school students, undergraduates, and researchers who have not  traditionally used numerical models in their investigations will be  able to work with this new tool to understand water movement.

In progress
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Jay AustinPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 2 projects
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program $ 80,056.00USDEstimates

Funding 30 projects for a total of $2,568,917.00
Scope of Study
Computer simulation model
Scale of Phenomena
Natural Ecological Processes
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Superior
State Province
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Research & Development
Annex 17
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region.