The USFS research station near Asheville has been recording watershed data every five minutes since 1934. The information reveals a lot about drought issues.
Alignment to NC Essential Standards
8.E.1.1 — Explain the structure of the hydrosphere including:
- Water distribution on earth
- Local river basin and water availability
- Students will describe how water is distributed on earth.
- Students will build a model watershed.
Students will view the NC Science Now video the Longest Water Record, and answer the following questions:
- What is the primary focus of the work done at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory?
- How do researchers at the laboratory measure the water leaving the watershed?
- Describe the fundamental points of the hydrologic cycle, as it is described in the video.
- Describe the major findings of the Coweeta watershed data. What does it show about dry trends and wet trends, and what probable trends does it indicate for the future?
Using information gathered throughout the lesson, students will work in pairs to role-play conducting an interview with a watershed data analyst. Have partners work together to develop interview questions. Then have them take turns being the interviewer and the official as they ask and answer the questions.