Watershed Analysis of Stream Morphology

Holly Dolliver
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
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This activty provides students with an opportunity to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze stream morphology of a watershed.

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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

Determining whether students have met the goals

I grade their hand-in sheet.

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