Shoreline Community College
Quantifying Our Stream: A Field Lab on Stream Channel Morphology and Stream Discharge part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this field and lab activity, students will engage in field data collection and in lab data analysis and interpretation of stream dynamics at a local watershed. Data collection will include stream channel morphology, stream velocity, and fluvial landforms. Students will analyze and interpret field data to calculate stream discharge. They will also interpret their field observations within the broader context of the entire watershed, analyzing the human and natural factors affecting discharge, erosion and flooding and considering sustainable stream management options for urban watersheds conservation and restoration. This activity can be used as a stand-alone lab but in my courses is part of a larger scope field study of a local watershed. This is a service-learning project offering students "hands on" learning opportunities on stream systems while also providing stream monitoring data to city water managers and the public. Real data collected by students in a face-to-face geology course can be also used in online or hybrid classes by students engaged in a virtual stream dynamics lab.