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Wind Surge Activity
Wind surge is a JAVA based applet for exploring how water level on the windward and leeward side of a basin depends on wind speed, basin length, water depth, and boundary type. A mathematical discussion of how water behaves with respect to a variety of variables is included in the exercise. Students are asked to use the JAVA applet to study a variety of effects including the effect of varying the wind speed on the surge elevations for a given basin geometry and do the same with the water depth and basin length for a fixed wind speed. This Applet can be useful when studying Hurricanes and storm surges in an introductory geoscience course. This site also provides teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas. This activity is part of the Starting Point Collection:
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Module / Unit
  • Atmospheric science
  • Educational theory and practice
Technical requirements:
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The material on this site is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license as described here:
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-048
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Robert Mackay
Clark College