By locating and classifying 5 waterbodies, hopefully in a geographic area familiar to you, you will have gained some familiarity with the art and science of classifying hydrological and ecological features. As in many inventory and assessment methods, there are elements of human intuition involved, regardless of how precisely the classification criteria are presented. With some practice, however, multiple users of a system can converge on identifying types, and thus provide consistency. Through this exercise, you have gained some experience using the major classification schemes for aquatic ecosystems in the U.S., and/or around the world.
Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 4 tasks!
You have reached the end of Lesson 4! Double check the to-do list on the Lesson 4 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 5.