For students to gain an understanding and experience assessing flood risks posed to the UK through an understanding of the physical hazards, the vulnerabilities of the community and infrastructure and the exposure.

Fieldwork Sites and Objectives:

  • Perform an online assessment of inland flood risk at Burrowbridge: 
    • Learn how to analyse physical data on elevation through levelling.
    • Learn how to analyse data on local perception of risk from semi-structured interviews.
  • Examine the changing coastal environment and new flood risk management practices on the Steart Peninsula, 
    • Qualitative observations of coastal flooding. 
    • Understand nuclear safety standards relating to natural hazards and how EDF is constructing Hinkley Point C to mitigate risk.
  • Model hazard and vulnerability in Southwest England, 
    • Use the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) for flood risk modelling.

Learning outcomes:

How to analyse a social survey and physical survey, including errors of measurement, and how to model risk.

Transferable Skills:

Data analysis and interpretation.

How to use evidence in a structured debate about risk.

Presentation of data and interpretation.

Coursework feedback and assessment:

None of the work on the field trip is assessed towards the overall grade of any of the IRDR masters programmes, however, feedback will be given throughout the online exercise on the various techniques that will be taught, data collection and analysis, presentation of results, and scientific discussion and debate.

Background Reading:

See reference list, in which overview papers are highlighted