Lakes around the globe are experiencing the effects of climate change. In this module, students will learn how to use a lake model to explore the effects of altered weather on lakes, and then develop their own climate scenarios to test hypotheses about how lakes may change in the future. Once the students have mastered running one climate scenario for their lake, they will learn how to use distributed computing software to scale up and run hundreds of different climate scenarios for their lakes. The overarching goal of this module is for students to explore new modeling and computing tools while learning fundamental concepts about how climate change will affect lakes. Project EDDIE modules are designed with an A-B-C structure to make them flexible and adaptable to a range of student levels and course structures.
We recognize that many users might wish to modify this activity. Please include text in each file that you use that acknowledges the original development of this module. We suggest this text, which is currently included in each file:
"This module was initially developed by Carey, C.C., S. Aditya, K. Subratie, and R. Figueiredo. 1 May 2016. Project EDDIE: Modeling Climate Change Effects on Lakes Using Distributed Computing. Project EDDIE Module 4, Version 1. http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu/data-for-students/modules/lake-modeling.shtml. Module development was supported by NSF DEB 1245707 and ACI 1234983."
Please cite this module as: "Carey, C.C., S. Aditya, K. Subratie, and R. Figueiredo. 1 May 2016. Project EDDIE: Modeling Climate Change Effects on Lakes Using Distributed Computing. Project EDDIE Module 4, Version 1. http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu/data-for-students/modules/lake-modeling.shtml. Module development was supported by NSF DEB 1245707 and ACI 1234983."
This entire module can be completed in one 3-4 hour lab period or three 60 minute lecture periods for senior undergraduate students or graduate students. Activities A and B could be completed with upper level students in two 60 minute lecture periods, with Activity C as a separate add-on activity. We found that teaching this module in one longer lab section with short breaks was more conducive for introductory students than multiple 1-hour lecture periods.
This module has been used in senior undergraduate and graduate Freshwater Ecology and Limnology courses (Parts A and B for undergraduate courses; Parts A, B, and C for graduate-level courses). Module materials can be tailored to increase or decrease the background information depending on students' quantitative skills. It is helpful for the instructor to have a working knowledge of R and GLM to help troubleshoot and respond to student questions. We note that this module has been successfully taught to senior ecology undergraduate students who have never used R programming software before: depending on the number of students, having additional instructors available to answer questions is useful (we used a 6:1 student:teacher ratio).
Project EDDIE is supported by funding from NSF DEB 1245707. This lake modeling module was also developed with support from NSF ACI 1234983, PRAGMA (the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly; pragma-grid.net), and GLEON (the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network; gleon.org). Project EDDIE is sponsored by the National Association for Geoscience Teachers.