Rivers and Fluvial Systems

This study module takes students into the field, visiting several local river systems to investigate the form and function of rivers. We study from the source to the mouth through a series of river investigations, including width, depth, velocity, hydraulic radius, wetted perimeter, land use, surface run off, sediment size and common fluvial formations such as point bars, meanders, river cliffs and braided channels.

Students are able to relate their findings to the human influence upon our study sites. The data gathered in the field and digital photos are used to write up the day's findings in our followup session.

This module can be adapted to all age groups from Grade 7 to Undergraduate.

Program Outline

Rivers & Fluvial Systems 
8am - 9am Breakfast
9am - 4pm Field Study of three rivers
  Full day of investigation using three local rivers. Examination of each river channel with data collection and observations (lunch provided)
4pm - 5pm Free Time
5pm - 6pm Dinner
6pm - 8pm Followup Session - Classroom
  Review of data collected, plotting of channels in small groups and wallchart presentation
8pm - 9pm Free Time
9pm - 11pm Campfire & Mug-up
11pm Bedtime