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The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is hosting a unique forum for postgraduate researchers interested in learning more about fieldwork from a variety of perspectives.
Friday 24 May 201310.15-12.30 (followed by lunch) Joachim Room, Hild Bede College, Durham University
The forum is an opportunity to mix with Postgraduate Students from around the University and exchange ideas and experience about the challenges and opportunities of carrying out fieldwork and practical work at postgraduate level. Presentations will be given by postgraduate students on their international field work experiences in hazard and risk research. Early career researchers will also be available for a Q&A session about doing field work.
To register for the Postgraduate Forum please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with name and dietary requirements.
This post from Durham Geography BSc student Amy Wright tells the story of a unique student field trip to the Upper Bhote-Khosi River catchment in Central Nepal to investigate landslides in the region and the communities affected by them.
For many of you who were privy to the widespread September flooding in North East England this year, which according to the BBC was the most intense September storm in the UK for 30 years, it may be hard to imagine areas that were experiencing more turbulent weather. However, for myself and a cohort of 30 fellow Durham University BSc Geography students in their final year of study and various staff members, intense rainfall interrupted by blazing sunshine were frequently experienced on a two-week field trip in the Upper Bhote-Khosi, Nepal.
Due to heavy monsoon rains, combined with high rates of tectonic uplift, Nepal experiences a wide range of mountain hazards. Slope failure is particularly common due to monsoonal rainstorms between June and September and annual rainfall totalling 3500 mm a year in the Upper Bhote-Koshi Valley. This makes Nepal the perfect place to gain both theoretical and practical training of hazards in a dynamic environment and speaking on behalf of the group the field trip certainly did just that. In particular, being able to observe the remnants of mass movements first hand was truly breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience. Not to mention the fact that one of the mini-buses containing some members of the group actually got stuck in a small debris flow!
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