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GIS Introduction (CSP7100)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Community Resilience (AWR-228)


8/7/2017 - 8/11/2017 
Geomorphic & Ecological Fundamentals of River & Stream Restoration
Location:  Lake Tahoe, CA
UC Berkeley

Sagehen Creek Field Station
Lake Tahoe, CA

The course, now in its 23rd successful year, is held at Sagehen Creek Field Station, 15 mi north of Lake Tahoe, California and 45 minutes from the Reno airport in Nevada. The station combines a beautiful natural setting with excellent research and teaching facilities, free wireless internet, and hearty meals.

Sagehen Creek is steps away from the teaching facilities, and provides an outstanding on-site laboratory to illustrate concepts taught in the course. All meals, Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, are served at the field station. Participants can stay in cabins at Sagehen ($30/night) or commute from hotels in Truckee (20 minute drive, last few miles down a well-maintained dirt road).  Please note, cell service is out-of-reach at the field station, but wireless internet is available via a slow T-1 line.  We encourage everyone to bring a laptop for accessing readings, lecture slides, and course spreadsheet exercises.

Lodging at Sagehen Creek Field Station costs $30/night per person, which entitles you to a bunk bed in a cabin with 6-8 beds, and clean, updated bathroom facilities with hot showers. Some folks prefer to pitch a tent outside on the station grounds (with a bunk available to store gear, but same cost per night). Either way: bring your own towel, pillowcase, and sleeping bag. Sagehen does not provide linens or blankets. If you are staying in the cabin, also bring a bottom sheet. If you are bringing a tent, donít forget a sleeping pad, itís lumpy out there.

Our five-day introductory course emphasizes understanding geomorphic and ecological process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration. It covers general principles and case studies from a wide range of environments. Incorporating insights from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology, the course emphasizes developing predictive connections between objectives and actions, learning from built restoration projects, and developing restoration strategies and innovative management approaches to address underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches.

The course integrates perspectives from leading academic researchers and consulting practitioners in river restoration. Lectures, exercises, field trips and case studies cover a range of restoration approaches from state-of-the-art hydraulics and sediment transport, to historical analysis and context-specific considerations ranging from urban infrastructure to natural resources. In addition to field data collection techniques, the course uses spreadsheet models to calculate sediment transport and channel design, map and aerial photo analysis, and sequential problem solving in approaching restoration of fluvial processes. The course includes field trips to the Truckee River and streams in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and workshops on restoration problems faced by participants for discussion where we develop ideas on analytical approaches and recommend resources.

This course emphasizes integration of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, geomorphology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, and riparian ecology, and includes field measurements, mapping, and interpretation. An advanced course focuses explicitly on geomorphic, sediment transport, and riparian vegetation principles applied to channel design.

Credit from UC Extension is no longer included because participants indicated that it was no needed and it was not worth the additional cost imposed on all participants.

The total fees for the week-long course include digital copies of course materials and all meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch).

$2200/$2400 No Lodging (by/after May 31)
$2350/$2550 With Lodging (by/after May 31)

For payment by check, you can subtract $50 from the total, because we avoid third-party transaction fees incurred with online, credit-card registration. Thus, the full price for registration and lodging (with all meals) is only $2300 if paid by check before the early-bird deadline.

Vicente Tinoco

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