For students to explore the relationship between land cover, surface runoff, and stream discharge by manipulating a computer model.
In this lesson, students will look at a NetLogo model of surface runoff in a watershed near Chicago, Illinois. They will look at how precipitation becomes surface runoff and then enters streams. Students will learn the concept of stream discharge and be introduced to hydrographs. Students will be able to manipulate land cover in the model to analyze how land cover change can affect surface runoff and streamflow.