G.C.S.E Controlled Assessment. An investigation of river erosion along a chosen stretch of river. River Characteristics. Any river may be divided into upper, middle and lower course
An investigation of river erosion along a chosen stretch of river
This is an important aspect of fieldwork – having a reliable and up-to-date forecast for the study area. This will ensure that you are adequately prepared by wearing the correct clothing and that inclement weather will not become a hazard e.g in the upper course of a river
It is essential that all data collection equipment is used solely for the purpose itwas designed for e.g ranging poles
Safety helmets will protect the head when working around, and in, the river. Wellington boats help keep feet relatively dry and provide some grip on the slippery rocks/banks of the river. Waterproof jackets and trousers are essential to remain dry and warm. These should be worn over thin layers of clothing.
When collecting data in the river it is important to modify our movement over slippery rocks and the river bed. Three points of contact should be kept in the river channel and the use of a walking pole can also help maintain balance.
This should be planned in advance – pre site visit. Access should be assessed in relation to safety e.g the difficulty of steep river banks or deep sections or the river and the correct permission must be sought on private property. Sections of erosion should also be identified e.g river cliffs/undercutting as banks can collapse
It is essential to be familiar with the person in charge of firstaid and to make them aware of any medication that may be required during data collection e.g inhalers