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Exploring Catalonia

First Year Field projects in physical and human geography

Exploring Catalonia

This year’s UCL Geography first year undergrad group spent a week in November (8-13th) in Catalonia. This was the first time the field course had been held in Spain, and it was blessed with blue skies and 20oC temperatures..

The group gained practical experience of a range of field and data analysis methods, in different parts of geography and various exciting rural and urban settings.

Days 1 and 2 were dedicated to assessing river water quality in the River Tordera, analysing water chemistry and invertebrate content. A project on the coastal management of Sitges beaches focused on erosion processes and the associated problems of environmental governance.

On Monday evening, Jon French, our Head of Department, gave a potted history of his own field exploits - the first time one of his presentations had simultaneously been projected on ten screens in a hotel Sports Bar!

The next day took the party off to the culturally-rich city of Barcelona where the rebranding of the fascinating El Raval district was explored, including the legacy of the 1992 Olympics. In the evening, there was plenty of free time to explore the tapas bars of Barcelona.

On the last day the party carried out a spatial mapping project in Sitges, with an afternoon of excellent group poster presentations, one delivered through the medium of song and another as an improvised self-help session!

The trip culminated in a fun pub quiz (thanks Guy and Lucy), finally decided by a tense tie breaker!


River field work