Mayer, M. S.. St. Lawrence University, mmay@ccmaillink.stalwu.edu
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HAVE STUDENTS USE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND USGS STREAMFLOW DATA TO EXAMINE THE EFFECT OF LAND USE AND WATERSHED SIZE ON THE WATER AND NUTRIENT BUDGETS OF A LOCAL LAKE
 
After a short introduction to GIS via user friendly Arcview software, students in my undergraduate limnology class used USGS streamflow data, landuse data in BASINS (a free dataset made available by EPA) and some measurements of the water chemistry of lake tributaries to calculate the water and nutrient budgets of a local lake. The exercise captured the interest of the students and proved to be a very effective. I will describe the approach used, necessary materials (including cost estimates), benefits of the exercise, and provide suggestions for various ways others could include such an exercise in their courses.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 11:00 - 11:15am
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS53WE1100E