This course seeks to make use of innovative and cutting edge technologies in the field of Earth surface process monitoring to address the real world challenges encountered by commercial and/or governmental organisations.
Students on this module will tackle a real world geomorphological challenge using novel monitoring and processing techniques. The nature of the challenge set will vary between cohorts depending upon the evolving needs of the client or organisation involved, but examples include flood monitoring, high resolution monitoring of coastal environments and riverine pollutant monitoring.
Students will gain a scientific understanding of the geomorphological system of interest which will underpin their approach to how best to tackle the problem in hand. The module will make use of technology such as Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, Terrestrial Laser Scanners. differential Global Positioning Systems and other survey techniques, alongside state of the art processing methods such as structure from motion and point cloud differencing.
Students will work in teams to analyse the challenge, devise a theoretical solution and ultimately field test it. Teams will work with an awareness of budgetary constraints set by the client (for development and for the overall operational cost of the proposed solution). Teams will maintain a web based (but not initially public in the interests of protecting the intellectual property of the proposed ideas) blog outlining the thought process behind the development of a solution.