Watershed Analysis of Stream Morphology
University of Wisconsin - River Falls Author Profile
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This activty provides students with an opportunity to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze stream morphology of a watershed.
This activity was designed for an upper division undergraduate course in geomorphology.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
This activity assumes that students have a basic understanding of fluvial systems, stream patterns, and the Strahler stream classification method and morpometric relationships (ex. Law of Stream Numbers).
How the activity is situated in the course
The activity is used as a stand-alone lab exercise.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Delineation of a watershed boundary, stream ordering using the Strahler Method, intrepreting topographic maps, measuremeents using topographic maps, calculations of stream relationships
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Analysis and synthesis of results, comparison and contrast of morphometric relationships, testing of modeled/predicted results, critical evaluation of methodology
Other skills goals for this activity
Basic Excel graphical skills
Description of the activity/assignment
The goal of this activity is to provide students an opportunity to analyze the stream pattern and morphometric relationships of a particular watershed. Students will use topographic map analysis and data collection, along with analysis of data using Excel to characterize their watershed.
Designed for a geomorphology course
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