‘Lo Riu Es Vida/The River is Life.’

Tweets from the WSPM MSc’s Ebro fieldtrip.

Last month, our Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM) MSc students swapped the rarefied Oxford air for that of the Pyrenees, as they decamped to Spain for the annual Ebro field trip. A highlight of the WSPM year, the trip gives students an opportunity to consolidate their learning in advance of final exams, applying their theoretical knowledge to the real-world context of Spain’s Ebro river basin. WSPMers will be familiar with Michael Rouse’s favourite quote – “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world” (John le Carre). This maxim is particularly relevant to water management where on-the-ground complexity can undo even the best theory. The Ebro fieldtrip offers students a chance to get out from behind the desk and experience the interface between science, policy and practice. The 2016 trip proved to be a (literally) immersive experience: photos of white-water rafting on the frigid Gallego River can be found below among a selection of tweets posted by staff and students as they descended the course of the river, from the Pyrenees to the Ebro Delta. Read more…

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