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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Investigating the Precipitation-Streamflow Relationships DLESE Reviewed Collection
This activity prepares the student to launch an investigation of the relationship between precipitation and Streamflow for a local watershed. It can enrich a study of the water cycle. Following the step-by-step instruction in this case study, students will locate, download, format, and finally graph one year of Web-based data for these two variables. Included is a graph that highlights the details of this often-complex precipitation-streamflow relationship and provides a context for launching a classroom discussion of the balance between surface runoff and infiltration during and after a rain event, soil porosity, soil saturate level, the influence of impervious surfaces in the basin, the impact of slope, wind and air temperature on watershed hydrology, and the influence of high or low vegetation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Case study
    • Module / Unit
    • Tutorial
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Physical object
  • Atmospheric science
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
Cost information is not known
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd556
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: TERC