Geomorphology is a Science of Outdoor Observation

During a recent field trip to the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, UWM geology students did more than observe. The students are seen here measuring the flow or “gaging” the Kickapoo River. 

  • Gaging the Kickapoo River
    Gaging the Kickapoo River

River flow velocity and discharge rate are important characteristics of a river which geologists use to better understand fluvial process, its resulting landforms, and to forecast future changes in the river system.  These UWM geologists successfully gaged the Kickapoo and calculated a flow rate value within 7% of that obtained by the United States Geological Survey!