School of Geography

Students to visit Crete on Interdisciplinary Field Trip

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The School of Geography, University of Lincoln, currently runs a field course module for undergraduate students – with the first ever School trip abroad taking place in Spring  2019. This trip provides the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and study landscape and infrastructure.

Staff and students will visit the remote and mountainous region of Sfakiá, Crete, to focus on the hazards and implications for the physical environment and social aspects of Crete.

Students will have three main field exercises / projects for the week, which will cover:

  1. Regional coastline; students will be creating beach profiles to look at beach conditions and potential impacts of hazards.
  2. Flooding hazard; students will create a flood history and survey gorges to get an understanding of frequency and magnitude of this common hazard in the region.
  3. Hazard impact on people; students will analyse infrastructure and perceptions of risk and what management strategies can or should be put in place. Each field exercise will be completed by a group presentation of results and interpretation from the field work.

The visit will last 8 days (including 2 days travel) and there will be many exciting parts to look forward to such as, a field trip to Aradena – a partially abandoned village that sits on a gorge with a debris flood history and coastal sites to create beach profiles, a trip to study the Ilingas and Sfakiano gorges, as well as taking tree cores and finally venturing into Chora Sfakion to interpret risks to infrastructure in different regions of the town, to interview locals on their perceptions of hazard risk.

With thanks to our School’s Dr Kristen Beck for providing photos of the preliminary visit to Crete below!

Find out more about the School of Geography, University of Lincoln, online.

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