2-6: Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Modeling

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Soil and vegetation interact with the atmosphere (the atmosphere affects them and they, in turn, affect the atmosphere) in complicated but important ways that ultimately determine the heating and cooling of the lower atmosphere and the evaporation rate. These heating, cooling and moistening rates are critical inputs to global and regional climate models and are provided by soil-vegetation-atmosphere models.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review; images only.)
  2. Take the Quiz
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
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Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading