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Focus on River Studies is structured to enable students to carry out virtual fieldwork on a stretch of simulated river and then use the skills learned in their actual fieldwork coursework projects. It provides and excellent whiteboard learning tool for teaching about River Flow and Bedload Analysis.
The program enables students to carry out both virtual fieldwork without leaving the classroom and also provides a method of organising primary data gathered in the field. Students can generate detailed reports with photos and graphs suitable for coursework submission.
Program 1: Virtual River Flow Virtual
River Flow enables students to carry out virtual fieldwork and gather a wide range of primary data without leaving the classroom. On-screen help gives a detailed step-by-step guide to practical techniques and methods of data collection
Program 2: River Flow Analysis
River Flow Analysis enables students to input and process primary information recorded from their own field-studies. This second part of the River Studies package provides all the tools necessary to produce printable in-depth analyses of actual geographical sites, allowing students to observe the direct correlation between the physical properties of river sections and the resultant flow patterns.
Program 3: Bedload Simulation
This program allows the study of bedload characteristics over the 10km stretch of the virtual river. Random samples of either large calibre (pebbles) or small calibre (sediment) bedload can be taken at any point along its course. Pebbles are assessed in terms of size, shape, sphericity and flatness, whilst the finer sediment is sieved to determine the degree of sorting.
Program 4: Bedload Analysis
This is the sister program to River Flow Analysis and allows students to present and analyse original data from their own fieldwork. Selecting 'pebble sizes' or 'sieve data' from the main menu allows access to two different spreadsheets for data entry. A wide range of print options allow students to produce professional summaries and analysis of their data for inclusion in coursework folders.
Single User CD-ROM, Windows XP or later. Requires a Computer with at least 256 Mb RAM and P200.