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. 

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!