Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

The application of systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental¬†change¬†being investigated¬† (ACHGK073)

Elaborations
  • describing the nature of the environmental change and its effect on the sustainability of environmental functions
  • examining the interconnections between biophysical processes and human actions that generate environmental change, together with the consequences of these changes
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Reasoning,  Biogeochemical cycles,  Environmental impact

Teacher resource

National study guides: Sustainability and Food security- Years 7-10

This is a website containing a range of study guides on sustainability in food production and food security, they include: Water: our most precious resource; Biodiversity: protecting the environment; Greener farming: protecting the environment; Animal health: the science of healthy animals: and Food for the future: Farming ...

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Coastal ecosystems

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource about Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastal ecosystems looks at the 14 coastal ecosystems that provide a range of ecological services to support the Reef. It covers GBR coastal ecosystem loss, the pressures faced by these ecosystems, including population growth ...

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Climate change

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource explains how climate change causes ocean acidification, sea level rise and temperature increase and threaten the long-term health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It examines impacts on GBR species and habitats, as well as communities and industries that rely ...

Teacher resource

Climate 4 classrooms

This resource is a teaching and learning website about the large-scale features that determine climate and climate change, and the impact of predicted climate change on different parts of the world. There are 11 topics that are designed to develop students' understanding of the challenges and processes of predicting climate ...

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Remaining impacts from fishing

This resource about the impacts of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website. The introduction explains that fishing is the principal extractive use of the Great Barrier Reef targeting a range of species including fish, sharks, crabs and prawns, ...

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Declining water quality

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the declining water quality of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) due to the impacts of floods, run-off from 35 major catchments, and mining and water barriers such as dams. The resource describes the vulnerability of the GBR ecosystem to increased concentrations ...

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: year 10 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and four illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The four illustrations relate to two units of study in the Australian Curriculum: Geography. Environmental change and management draws on the concepts of environment, change, interconnection ...

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Coastal adaptation: ecosystems

This resource is a video about the consequences of climate change for the vulnerable ecosystems that exist in the water and on land around Australia’s coast. It explains how factors affected by climate change, such as temperature, rainfall, sea level and the chemistry of sea water, can impact on the species within an ecosystem. ...

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Coral forests of the deep

This is a video resource describing the discovery of deep-sea corals living up to 3000 metres below the surface of the ocean in cold, dark waters. The video shows examples of deep-sea corals and some of the diverse marine animals, including commercial fish stock, that depend on the habitat provided by the corals. The video ...

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Oceans are the great providers

Did you know that the world's oceans provide the oxygen for every second breath you take? While oceans represent the largest habitat on Earth, they remain relatively unexplored. What is clear is that the oceans play a major role in shaping life on this planet. Watch this clip and prepare to be amazed!

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Coastal adaptation: residential risks

This resource is a video about the impact of climate change on residential communities along the coast. It outlines the increased vulnerability due to the high concentration of Australia’s population in a narrow corridor along the coast and the increase in erosion, storm surges and king tides. The video refers to the National ...

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Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014

This is a series of reports produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 on the status, management and future of the Great Barrier Reef. Produced every five years, the report covers a range of topics including biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and health, heritage ...

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Can coral reefs survive?

Coral reefs are one of the world's most diverse ecosystems and they're often called the 'rainforests of the oceans'. Find out where the world's coral reefs are concentrated and why they are so important for marine life, the coastal environment and people. Also discover some of the threats to coral reefs around the world.

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Disappearing acts: changing shorelines

Beaches may be a great place to relax and unwind, but they are also an indicator of a stable coastline. So why do beaches sometimes 'disappear' and how might we protect them from the elements? To find out more, watch this clip featuring beaches on the UK coast.

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James Whitlow Delano on palm oil and deforestation in Malaysia

This is a website from the Asia Society that features two short films, a slide presentation and text information with hyperlinks, provided by James Whitlow Delano, on the impact of deforestation and palm oil plantations on the ancient rainforest environments and ecosystems of Sarawak, Malaysia. The narrated films document ...

Teacher resource

Climate change

This is a teacher professional development resource containing activities and information about the science, impact and teaching of climate change. The resource has eight tabs, providing an introduction with links to resources, six activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover the following climate change ...

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Coastal adaptation: local action

This resource is a video about the role of local councils and communities in responding to climate change. Using examples from several Australian states, the video describes how local government and authorities are responding to the challenges of climate change. It describes the areas of council operations that can be affected, ...

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Coastal adaptation: infrastructure

This resource is a video about the impact of climate change on infrastructure in the coastal areas of Australia. It describes the different types of risks to infrastructure, and the various types of infrastructure - industrial, communication, transport, waste and water services - that will be affected and impact on the ...

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Coastal adaptation: overview

This resource is a video about the impact of unavoidable climate change on the coastal areas of Australia. The video introduces the National Coastal Risk Assessment that maps out the potential effects of climate change on the human population, ecosystems, industries and infrastructure in the coastal zone. The resource includes ...

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Climate science analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of articles about climate science. It includes articles about modelling, explanations about heat trends, predictions about sea level rise, and why the science about climate change is clear. The articles are written in plain language and are authored by experts from universities in Australia and around ...