26 May 2021
Chalkwell, Leigh on Sea, Hadleigh (Thames Estuary).
From £50.00 per person
Doing an expedition, dissertation research or GCSE/A level/University field teaching?
You'll need to measure stuff. Scientific sensors are usually very expensive and may not measure what you want to but these days you can build your own using open-source hardware and software. Come and learn how to implement field research involving low-cost sensors using the freestation.org approach.
This field practical is for those who attended the online course via Zoom on 24 March 2021 or are already familiar with Freestation sensors.
This is a one-day field course in the Thames Estuary where you will be able to use a range of kit (built by us) for some monitoring in the real world (mudflats, salmarsh, hillslope and woodland) as well as have our input on what you have built, and do some hands on assembly of a range of sensors.
Building your own field sensors and data loggers for environmental fieldwork using low-cost hardware (Arduino and Particle micro-processors) and open source software (FreeStation), enables you to undertake projects at a fraction on the cost of conventional monitoring instruments. The techniques covered are applicable to any kind of environmental or geographical fieldwork. We will also cover use of low cost sensors in field research and teaching.
We will also take the opportunity for a walk and talk to find out more about the environment, development, conservation, geomorphology, and history of the Thames Estuary at Chalkwell, Leigh on Sea, Hadleigh Castle and Canvey Island.
This course is suitable for GCSE, A Level and university teachers as well as academic researchers and research students.
The number of participants is limited to max. 30, COVID-19 regulations dependent. Total walking max. 6 miles, mostly on flat terrain.
10:00 Arrive at Chalkwell station and walk to Chalkwell Beach
10:00-12:00 Monitoring the meteorological, saltmarsh, beach and built environment with a range of DIY, low cost sensors (soil moisture, microclimate, albedo, wind, water temperature, LIDAR, GPS, water quality)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (bring your own)
13:00-15:00 Practical: assembling a range of sensors
Practical: assembling and using a range of sensors
Practical: assembling and using a range of IoT connected sensors
Installing and using the FreeStation and FreeStationLive designs
Challenges in the field
Ask the experts and check your sensor
15:00-16:30 Geography of the Thames Estuary
Leigh on Sea and 1953 Flood mark
Cockle fishing industry
The salt-marsh environment
Hadleigh Castle: history, landslides, coastal land reclamation
Canvey island, flooding and flood protection
Energy, water, food and transport provision by the Thames Estuary: past, present and future
16:30 Return to Leigh on Sea station
17:00 Return home from Leigh on sea station
Course leader Mark Mulligan is Professor of Physical and Environmental Geography at King’s College London with a special interest in field research, simulation modelling and remote sensing. He has led field teaching and research programmes throughout Europe, Latin America and South-east Asia. Mark is also a honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Featured image: Chris Beach
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