London, United Kingdom

Urban Geoscience: the London Perspective

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Urban geoscience encompasses the geological aspects of the built environment in the context of construction materials and, the underlying bedrock that affects the stability of built structures. In London, the relevance of these aspects are evident. For example, landslips can disrupt rail services and, non-uniform expansion and shrinkage of underlying clay sub-soil results in cracks in buildings. Water resource is another important consideration in the growing urban context. The nature of groundwater contaminants have changed with time with reports of caffeine and nicotine (British Geological Survey, 2007). Fluctuation of groundwater level depends on flow, recharge and discharge and must be closely monitored. Growing urbanisation also implies that the cities are increasingly becoming repositories of valuable materials that should be targets for recovery by urban mining. These critical aspects of urban geology are evident for London and will be explored, but also relevant to other expanding cities in the world.

Course leader

Dr Sudeshna Basu and Prof. Adrian Jones

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll. The 'Energy and Future Cities' module in Session One of the UCL Summer School is the perfect lead-in for this module.

Course aim

This module introduces students to critical aspects of urban geoscience related to suitability of building materials and construction sites, underground water resource, its contamination and fluctuation and, scope of urban mining using London as an example. The concepts learnt must be then applied to any other expanding city in the world in the same contexts of construction and water resources and, maximizing resource recovery and recycling from urban wastes.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1995: The tuition fee for this module is £2100.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.