Jeffrey Bhasin, a Quantitative Biology student at CWRU, has developed an online computer simulation that models the hydrology of Lake Abram. Concrete surfaces block the natural sponge effect of soil in absorbing water. As a result, high levels of water runoff happen, and this runoff water drains into nearby reservoirs. Lake Abram is one such reservoir. Lake Abram is connected to a larger wetland area, and when the lake floods, the excess water floods into the wetland area too. The wetland should be home to many plans and animal species, including amphibians such as frogs. A collaboration between the Cleveland Metroparks and a quantitative biology laboratory at Case Western Reserve University has modeled these patterns of flooding in order to find out how to reduce them and restore the animal and plant life to the Lake Abram wetland.
You can view the model by clicking here: http://bluecranium.com/lakeabram/.