Watershed Delineation and Geomorphic Characterization
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students were expected to have basic quantitative skills and a working knowledge of spreadsheets. Previous experience with GIS software was very helpful but not required. Students with no prior GIS experience were teamed with at least one other student who had these skills.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
2. Calculate morphologic indexes from primary data
3. Delineate and digitize watersheds using GIS software
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
2. The data and skills from this exercise are used in later exercises to synthesize hydrologic models of watershed function.
Other skills goals for this activity
2. Student reports are evaluated for geological content and writing effectiveness.
Description of the activity/assignment
Addresses student fear of quantitative aspect and/or inadequate quantitative skills
Uses geomorphology to solve problems in other fields
Determining whether students have met the goals
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 222kB May2 08)
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