Developed by the Cornell Environmental Inquiry Program, Watershed Dynamics consists of a student edition and teacher's guide designed to enable high school students to investigate local water and land use issues, including the influence of human actions on the biology, chemistry, and hydrology of rivers and streams.
Watershed Dynamics takes a unique approach to the science of watersheds. Students use physical and computer modeling activities, hands-on engineering design challenges, and traditional field monitoring techniques to investigate watersheds as dynamic systems. Students also learn how to describe and categorize stream habitat integrity using WHEBIP, a remote-sensing protocol developed at Cornell University for use by professional scientists and watershed managers.
Watershed Dynamics is published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is available at 1-800-277-5300 or http://store.nsta.org.
Online resources to accompany the books:
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Other Ideas for Student Water Quality Experiments (PDF files):
Other books in the Cornell Scientific
Watershed Dynamics can be used in conjunction with other curricula in the series. For example, students can combine their knowledge and skills of macroinvertebrate sampling and water chemistry with the bioassay protocols featured in Assessing Toxic Risk to investigate the toxicity of water or sediment samples. Using research protocols in Invasion Ecology, students can investigate invasive species in their study watershed. The series is available from the National Science Teachers Association. Click on the book covers below for more information.
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