ISP 217L LAB 3 PAPER - Tommy Frey ISP 217L Red Cedar River...

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Tommy Frey ISP 217L 11/5/07 Red Cedar River Introduction The weather has a huge impact on the flow of rivers and streams across the United States. In order to know what the effect of a storm is going to be on a certain watershed scientists need to know how the river flows. If here in East Lansing we were to get so many inches of rain than they would have to issue a flood warning if the amount of water runoff exceeds the amount that the river can hold. River discharge can be affected by any slight change in the weather, which can include changes in wind direction. In this lab we find out the discharge of the Red Cedar River to try and better understand the effect of weather on a River’s discharge. I believe that a climate with more precipitation and more wind will increase the discharge of the Red Cedar River more than that of a warm and dry climate. This is due to the fact that with more runoff into the river, it creates more velocity, which will increase the discharge of the river. Methods In this lab we went out to the Farm Lane bridge which passes over the Red Cedar River and took nine days worth of data. We went and measured three spots a long the bridge; one on the left, one in the center, and one on the left. To measure these spots we lowered down a tin can filled with concrete and dropped it until it was on the bottom.
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