Students from Durham University’s Foundation Centre have been in this week undertaking fieldwork as part of their geography course. They were conducting a river investigation into the changing characteristics of the river along the long profile and looking at the controls on velocity. There had been snow in the upper Wear catchment during the weekend and river levels were higher than have been for some time. We managed to take a full set of measurements on the Harehope Gill, some limited measurements on the Bollihope Burn but weren’t able to get into the River Wear as there was just too much water. It was a bitterly cold day but everyone managed to stay dry . The data was analysed in the classroom afterwards, whilst warming up in front of the ceramic stove!