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Flood and Coastal Engineering

Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email cedps-tpo-ceedamin@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activity 

We’d like you to complete a short activity before you join us. We can discuss your answers in one of your first personal tutor sessions. Your work will not be officially assessed however it will allow your tutor to get to know you better.

Please research and answer the following questions:

  • Which areas in the UK and worldwide will be impacted the most? 
  • Focussing on two specific locations evaluate what challenges this presents for different locations. 
  • Whilst large amounts of funding are being spent to protect coastal regions, not all can be saved in the long term. Which criteria should be used to make the difficult decisions about which areas to protect and which ones to let go?
  • Identify one key source of data/information used to inform such assessments and adaptation plans in the UK.

Take our free e-learning course: an introduction to flood risk and resilience

Take this course at your own pace to introduce you to understanding flood risk. You can also gain a certificate of completion from the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

We also advise you to take a look at the information below. Completing wider reading and getting familar with what you'll be learning, will help prepare you for academic life at Brunel.

Sample lectures 

  • Identify key areas and main sources of flooding 
  • Explain how flood risk is assessed, with knowledge of how certain tools and data are used to describe flood risk 
  • Describe examples of the impacts and consequences of flood risk to a range of receptors 
  • Understand the concepts of resistance and resilience and how they apply to flood risk
  • Compare stakeholder perspectives in flood risk management
  • How does Chemical Engineering differ from chemistry and other engineering disciplines?