Inspiring coastal engineers of the future at Admiral Lord Nelson School

The team recently visited Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth to talk to Year 10 Geography students, giving them an insight into the Southsea Coastal Scheme and also looking to inspire them to consider a career in coastal engineering. The students had recently conducted fieldwork before the summer holidays looking at the effectiveness of coastal defences. This included measuring the width of the beach to look at how well the groynes work behind Clarence Pier, alongside completing bi-polar surveys and carrying out field sketch of the defences behind Southsea Castle (which had failed during the 2015 winter storms). Currently they are going through an enquiry process, using their data to produce graphs which they will then analyse before reaching conclusions and evaluating their investigations. Project manager for the scheme, Zane Gunton, spent time with students talking about his experience, before underlining the importance of flood protection and looking at the different approaches that could be taken. To finish, the focus of the talk moved on to the Southsea Coastal Scheme itself and what the next steps were for the project. Tara Smith, Subject Leader: Geography at Admiral Lord Nelson School said “Our GCSE students have recently completed fieldwork on the effectiveness of coastal management strategies in Portsmouth, so this talk provided additional information into the different work going on to defend the coastline as well as thin king points including budget and the types of materials used. The talk was very engaging and our students thoroughly enjoyed it.”