ERIC Number: ED195433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Soil Heat Flow. Physical Processes in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems, Transport Processes.
Simpson, James R.
These materials were designed to be used by life science students for instruction in the application of physical theory to ecosystem operation. Most modules contain computer programs which are built around a particular application of a physical process. Soil heat flow and the resulting soil temperature distributions have ecological consequences related to plant growth, metabolic processes of soil-dwelling microorganisms, and survival strategies of soil-dwelling animals. The study of soil heat flow requires that soil temperature be obtained. In some instances, actual measurement of soil temperature profiles and heat flux can be used. In other instances, actual measurements may not be available due to lack of equipment, inaccessibility of the site, or inconvenience. In these instances a model is used to predict soil temperatures from more readily attainable environmental variables. This module focuses on the modeling approach. (Author/CS)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Heat, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Physical Sciences, Plant Growth, Science Education, Science Instruction, Soil Science, Thermodynamics
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife.
Note: For related documents, see SE 033 581-597. Contains occasional light type.