Who is this course for: People with an interest in our natural environment and the outdoors.
May be professionally beneficial for geography teachers, environmental scientists, engineers, archaeologists.
This course's aim is to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth's solid geology & its coastal ocean, with hands-on, practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology, oceanography, and Earth observation.
This course will use online lectures and practical exercises, as well as weekend workshops and field trips, to study the Earth's origins, materials and processes at all scales from the atomic to the planetary level; internal and external; and locally, nationally, and internationally. One module will deal with our coastal ocean, examining at the interaction of geology, ground- and surface water, and the marine environment. Another will focus on Earth observation and remote sensing, and how these are used to help understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes acting on the Earth's surface. A common theme throughout will be in the interaction of people with the planet we inhabit. Fieldtrips (within Ireland) are an integral part of the course.