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From ocean dynamics to urban pollution

Depth and originality of MSc dissertation research

From ocean dynamics to urban pollution

Wednesday 3rd September saw the UCL Physical Geography MSc students present their dissertation research in a poster session in the North Cloisters of the main building.

The Physical Geography programme comprises MScs in Aquatic Science, Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Mapping, Environmental Modelling, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing. The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to stretch themselves intellectually, and experience a taste of cutting-edge research.

Topics are proposed by staff in early January, and students discuss the research throughout the spring before embarking on three months of individual work. They make use of UCL’s extensive facilities, including powerful super-computing, microscopy, and mass spectrometry facilities, and many also conduct fieldwork.

The poster session showcased the extremely wide range of the dissertation research. This year's topics included the impacts of climate and management on bird and plant species, measurement of mammal habitat loss, modelling glacier and ocean dynamics, mapping urban pollution from space, measuring forest carbon stocks using via laser, monitoring water quality in protected waterways, retail sector analysis, and many more. Students presented their work to staff from across UCL, as well their peers, in a convivial and relatively informal atmosphere.

The session was organised by Dr Mat Disney, Chair of the Physical Geography MSc Exam Board, who commented:

“I was again very impressed by the depth and originality of the research, as well as the very high quality of the poster presentations. Indeed. dissertation work by Geography MSc students is regularly published in top scientific journals, demonstrating both the originality and quality of the work”.


The poster session

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