Algarve Field Class

Year 3 – ENVS 380

This 30-credit, Year 3 physical geography module aims to develop an understanding of the physical and biological landscape of the Algarve and its modification by human action; to get to know the basic geomorphic evolution of the Algarve area in the light of climate change; to comprehend the interplay of processes acting at different spatial and temporal scales in the present day landscape; to realize the importance that the physiographic setting has for natural resources, landuse and natural hazards in a Mediterranean landscape, and how human landuse has transformed the landscape.

The module gives students the chance to explore these processes in a non-UK environment. Past projects include study of landscape (soil, vegetation) to understand land use activities; coastal erosion; biodiversity in saltmarsh; fire and forest; water pollution.