Geography

Forcing and Predictive Models of Change

Module code: 850F8
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Not yet finalised
Assessment modes: Coursework

Consideration of future forcing of geomorphological processes and landform change are essential for modelling and quantifying hazard and risk. This module will review the scale and potential impacts of natural and human forcing, current research themes, and ways in which these can be factored into predictive models of landform change processes. The module will cover aspects of climate change, slope analysis, fluvial and coastal change prediction, including training in the use of commercial software. Project work will include research and application of potential forcing in predictive models of change of choice.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • summarise and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of models of forcing of geomorphic processes and landform change over a range of spatial and temporal scales.
  • apply specific models to real world datasets, and evaluate the results.
  • assess the impacts of natural versus human forcing of landform change processes.
  • employ and appraise model outputs to quantifying hazard and risk in specific case studies.

Module learning outcomes

  • Summarise and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of models of forcing of geomorphological processes and landform change over a range of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Apply specific models to real world datasets, and evaluate the results.
  • Assess the impacts of natural versus human forcing of landform change processes.
  • Employ and appraise model outputs to quantifying hazard and risk in specific case studies.