Summer Time, Excel, and the Study Site

Entering the third week of research on our Riparian Buffer project, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what we’ve been up to.  To begin our work depends on rain.  Specifically, enough rain to make a stream off a Charles City County, VA farm field flow.  Along the stream we have datalogging equipment that records flow height, rainfall, and takes water samples.  The last storm that triggered the channel was on April 16th this year, so since then we’ve been running geochemistry on the samples, analyzing the flow heights, and doing comparisons to storms from last year.  This has involved a healthy serving of excel for graphing, and doing calculations of, for example, total sediment that passed through the channel during the April storm.

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