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Science and Teaching

Emriver Models in the Geosciences

Emriver models are ideal for teaching river dynamic principles in geology, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. They are easily set up in a classroom or lab for hands-on demonstrations and interaction, turning textbook knowledge into a simulated experience. Professors and their universities will find the models an ideal recruitment tool to attract students to a department or lab.

Topics and Lessons

From our Emriver Lab Manual:

  • Slope variables and equations
  • Measuring flow and discharge
  • Groundwater behavior
  • Stream surveying; cross sections and long profiles
  • Hydrographs; make your own or use the pre-programmed flood events and hydrographs using the Alix digital flow controller
  • Channelization, bank armoring


  • Sediment transport, fluid behavior, erosion and deposition, sediment layering, effects of bed material on flow, effects of bed forms on flow, effects of vegetation on flow


Online Resources on Geoscience Education for Professors

  • On the Cutting Edge – Strong Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching, a program by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). Includes resources to help professors improve their teaching of the geosciences.
  • Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center was founded to improve education in the Earth sciences and beyond. Engaging participants from more than 1,000 institutions of higher education and K-12 curriculum developers and teachers, they created one of the world’s largest collections of pedagogic resources. In collaboration with instructors, institutions and national organizations, they support educations, disseminate knowledge, and engage the community.


  • Engineering geology: Using principles of geoscience to solve engineering and environmental problems
  • Environmental geology: Solving problems associated with pollution, waste management, urbanization, and natural hazards, such as flooding and erosion
  • Physical geology: Materials, processes, products, physical nature and history of the Earth
  • Fluvial geomorphology: Earth’s landforms and landscapes in relation to the geologic and climatic processes and human activities which form them
  • Hydrogeology: Occurrence, movement, abundance, distribution and quality of subsurface waters and related geologic aspects of surface waters
  • Hydrology: Studying river systems to predict the impacts of flooding
  • Sedimentology: The nature, origin, distribution and alteration of sediments such as sand, silt, and mud


These journal publications, theses, and conference presentations feature Emriver models.


Published Articles

  • Comparing MODFLOW simulation options for predicting intra-meander flux, Han B. and Endreny T. 2014. Hydrol. Process. 28, 3824-3832. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10186
  • Detailed river stage mapping and head gradient analysis during meander cutoff in a laboratory river, Han B. and Endreny T. 2014. Water Resources Research, AGU. 50, 1689-1703 DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013580
  • Spatial and Temporal intensification of lateral hyporheic flux in narrowing intra-meander zones, Han B. and Endreny T. 2013. Hydrol. Process. 27, 989-994. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9250
  • Hands-on – Remote Sensing of Physical Models in Exploration of Surficial Processes, Jeff Clark, Lawrence University; using our Emriver modeling media to demonstrate remote sensing concepts and procedures.

Presentation Abstracts

The models are an ideal recruitment tool to attract students to a university department or lab.