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Understanding a bedload-dominated stream through spreadsheet modeling

Bill Locke, Montana State University
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This page first made public: Oct 23, 2009

Summary

LONGPRO is the third in a sequence of spreadsheet modeling exercises (SCARP, SCARP2, and GLACPRO).

The purpose of this exercise is to teach students to "think like a stream" by integrating modeling with field data to understand the nature of adjustments in bedload-dominated fluvial systems. The context is a study of a piedmont alluvial stream - Middle Cottonwood Creek - and its deposits. The exercise should be transportable to other stream systems.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

Description and Teaching Materials

Teaching Notes and Tips

Link to Word file of Instructor notes, hints, and common student errors. (Microsoft Word 112kB Jun28 05)

Assessment

References and Resources

Snow, R.S. (1991). Early writing in the research mode via digital modeling of rivers. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 39, p. 227-229

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