31st May 2019

Geography students explore flood defences with the Environment Agency

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) first year Geography students visited the Lincoln branch of the Environment Agency last week to further enhance their knowledge of Lincolnshire’s flood defences.

Arranged in relation to their ‘Coastal and River Environment: Challenges, Management and Policy’ module, the trip was designed to follow on from a previous three-day excursion they had been on around Lincolnshire’s East Coast.

The main focus of the event was a demonstration of both the floodplain areas that cover Lincolnshire and the current flood defences in place.

The group of students also learnt how teams from the Environment Agency and other organisations work to prevent major floods from taking over the county.

This presentation, along with the whole trip, gave context to the knowledge the students had previously gained and was positively received with one student commenting:

“This trip has really helped to reinforce the knowledge gained from our lectures and research in a practical way”

Geography tutor Mark Charlesworth, who supervised the trip praised its impact on the students:

“This trip has provided our students with a valuable insight into how powerful Geographical Information Systems and collecting geographical data have a role in addressing social issues"

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