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GEOB 409 -  Advanced Field Methods in Physical Geography


by Dan Moore, Jennifer Williams, Michele Koppes and Ian McKendry - This course introduces you to basic methods of field work in biogeosciences, including mapping and surveying, field sampling, instrumentation, electronic data acquisition, and approaches to the design and implementation of field research projects.

 There is one lecture per week and one weekend field visit during term, and a  7-day field camp. The field camp will be at the Cheakamus Centre north of Squamish, BC from May 2 to May 8, 2016. Transportation to the camp, meals and lodging will be included in the course fee.


Term Assignments - due dates

Date   Topic
29 Jan      1     Basic surveying
12 Feb
Survey with theodolite
11 Mar
Surficial materials
25 Mar      4 Hydrology Assignment

 Field Camp assignments (May 2 to May 8, 2016)

Date   Topic
2-May 1 Group Assignments I
Hazard Assessment of Britannia Creek
3-May 2 Group Assignments II
Cultural Event at Cheakamus Centre
4-May 3 Group Assignments III
5-May 4
Write-up and Analysis Day
Optional half day field trips
6-May 5
Group Assignments IV
Quaternary Geomorphology (offsite)

Group Assignments V
Hydro-geomorphology Day
8- May
Return to UBC - physiographic traverse
15 May

Summary Reports Due

 All dates and topics might be still subject to change.


Photo: Balloon tracking in GEOB 309.

Course outline

Term 2

Preparation Labs

Fridays 2-4 pm
Geography Room 201

Field camp

May 2 to May 8, 2016                

Cheakamus Centre
Brackendale, BC


Special fees are required. Fees must be paid to Sandy Lapsky, Geography Dept. prior to March 4.


Note that a safety policy applies to all participants of the field camp. Make sure your are aware of alpine safety issues.

Course evaluation

Please read details and information on course evaluation procedures.


Dan Moore
Department of Geography
246 - 1984 West Mall
  at ubc.ca

Jennifer Williams
Department of Geography
  232- 1984 West Mall
  at ubc.ca

Ian McKendry
Department of Geography
234 - 1984 West Mall
at ubc.ca

Michele Koppes
Department of Geography
141 - 1984 West Mall
  at ubc.ca

Teaching Assistant

David Reid
Department of Geography
108 - 1984 West Mall
at geog.ubc.ca


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