Based in the coastal village of Chora Sphakia, southwest Crete, this field class provides the opportunity to apply geographical methods and techniques within a dryland setting relatively untouched by mass tourism and a landscape dominated by the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and deeply incised river systems that drain into the Libyan Sea. With a strongly emphasis on group-based working, the field course focuses upon five themes:
1). The geomorphological impacts of extreme floods on river systems;
2). Sea-level change and coastal mass-movements;
3). The mirco-climates of gorge systems;
4). The economic, social and cultural aspects of tourism and rural geography; in Crete;
5). Agricultural development.