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Watershed Assessment (WARSSS)

Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS)

Description: Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) Keywords: University of Minnesota
Prof Joe Magner
Research Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Food Resource Sciences (CFANS)
University of Minnesota

This introductory course to Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS), presented by Prof Joe Magner in October 2011, provided a broad view of hydrologic and hydrogeologic pathways and processes of water movement from uplands and hillslopes into and through riparian corridors and channels.

The focus of this course was on watershed processes because the underlying hydrologic and hydrogeologic processes drive the energy regime that forms fluvial features in a watershed (catchment). Concepts of sediment supply and transport along with the basic Rosgen stream classification system were introduced; this information is fundamental to the application of WARSSS.

WARSSS is typically applied to a study watershed where tools such as Google Earth, GIS, broad windshield assessment, and detailed channel facet measurements are derived to rank priority management zones at relatively small defined scales. In the end (after several hundred hours of training) the student should be equipped to apply systems thinking to restore sediment impaired riverine systems to meet multiple water quantity and quality objectives.

Description: Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) Keywords: University of Minnesota
Prof Joe was accompanied by his wife, Virginia.

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