Module 3: Rivers and Watersheds
In this module, we will investigate the processes by which precipitation accumulates in, moves through, and is transported out of a landscape. We will especially focus on flow of water in streams and rivers, including how these important features form and change over time. The goals of the module are to develop an understanding of the water cycle at the watershed scale, as well as to explore the variety of rivers that exist on Earth’s surface, develop an understanding of how those rivers change over time and learn how to measure the amount of water transported by a stream or river. As part of this, you’ll come to understand how water is conveyed to a river, and become familiar with terms such as flow duration, sediment transport, channel and floodplain morphology, and stream and watershed restoration.