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Ecosystems at risk

Geography - Ecosystems at Risk 8.3.1

Key syllabus outcomes:

A student:

  • explains the changing nature, spatial patterns and interaction of ecosystems, urban places and economic activity H1
  • explains the factors which place ecosystems at risk and the reasons for their protection H2
  • evaluates environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability H5
  • evaluates the impacts of, and responses of people to, environmental change H6
  • justifies geographical methods applicable and useful in the workplace and relevant to a changing world H7
  • evaluates geographical information and sources for usefulness, validity and reliability H9
  • applies maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to analyse and integrate data in geographical contexts H10
  • explains geographical patterns, processes and future trends through appropriate case studies and illustrative examples H12

Learning activities may include:

  • Complete a precis map of the study site
  • Measure and record spatial dimensions
  • Use GPS devices to record features and locations
  • Observe and record evidence of physical processes
  • Measure and record physical factors and compare to climate data
  • Complete a transect of coastal vegetation
  • Observe strategies used to manage dune systems and create a model
  • Consider local stakeholders, issues and management of the site

Program feedback

"Excellent case study for our Coastal Dunes Ecosystem at Risk- gave them first hand experience and knowledge and added to fieldwork requirement."

Excursion sites:

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