Surface Water Hydrology

William Locke - Montana State University - Bozeman, MT


This problem set/lab exercise deals with surface water hydrology, specifically the local nature of stream runoff. Using various websites, data sets, and graphs, the student analyzes rates of discharge and learns about flooding. The exercise is well-guided, with instructions on using a spreadsheet for data analysis.

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Learning Goals

  • Examine the local nature of stream runoff

Context for Use

This activity is suitable for a laboratory section dealing with stream discharge, stream hydrology, and flood hydrology.

Description and Teaching Materials Environmental Geology Hydrology Lab


Students are expected to answer a series of questions on the activity page and then turn them in to be graded. They also need to create a graph of stream flow data to be turned in.

References and Resources

Quantiative Skills Addressed

Graphs: Interpretation of graphical information
Technology: Spreadsheets

Geoscience Topics Covered