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

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Curriculum content descriptions

The application of geographical concepts and methods to the management of the environmental change being investigated (ACHGK074)

Elaborations
  • discussing the influence of people‚Äôs world views on programs for the management of the environmental change being investigated
  • proposing geographical management strategies for the environmental change being investigated (for example, establishing reserves and corridors to preserve biodiversity (a spatial strategy), ecosystem-based management (an environmental strategy), urban planning to reduce energy consumption (a spatial strategy), and addressing underlying as well as immediate causes of environmental change (holistic thinking))
  • comparing strategies in Australia and another country to manage the environmental change being investigated
  • exploring the variety of solutions to similar environmental changes in different places
  • discussing how land management agencies are increasingly working with traditional owners to manage environmental change and challenges
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Environmental management

Interactive Resource

Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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Water use and efficiency – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on water use and efficiency using the five step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

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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 ...

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Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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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, ...

Interactive Resource

Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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Protecting coral reefs

This is a video resource describing mapping work being carried out by the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) to help conserve coral reef ecosystems, which are very vulnerable to changes in the marine environment. The video shows the team carrying out an underwater survey of fish and habitat in Buck Island Reef ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

The mountain-pygmy possum: On the edge

In this series of tasks, students identify habitats for the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, and use Geographic Information System (GIS) and geographical techniques to identify preferred survey sites and to estimate population numbers. The resource focuses on the biophysical environment of suitable alpine habitats; students ...

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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 ...

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Reef of life

This clip argues that every day the wellbeing of millions of people is dependent on the existence of healthy coral reefs. Through a stunning series of underwater videos and photographs find out more about current threats to coral reefs and how individual's actions on land can make a difference to the overall health of the ...

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Improving the energy efficiency of fibro homes

In the 1950s, 'fibro' homes prevented a looming housing crisis triggered by Australia's post-war baby boom and a spike in immigration. Millions of them remain in our suburbs, but energy-efficiency is not their strong point. In this clip, see how a team of students have found out how to retrofit these homes to revolutionise ...

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Global assessment of ecosystems

Have you heard of a global warning system for ecosystems? Watch this clip to find out about a system for assessing all the ecosystems around the world - and what it means for Australia. You will find out about the Murray-Darling Basin and other important Australian ecosystems, as well as the status of the Aral Sea in Central Asia.

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Ocean science robots

This is a video resource describing the use of uncrewed and robotic systems to investigate how ocean-floor sediments are moved around by currents and waves. The video explains that these systems have an advantage over ship-based approaches as they can operate during storms. The video shows the Martha's Vineyard Coastal ...

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Predicting harmful algal blooms

This is a video resource about harmful algal blooms (HABs), which appear as 'red tides', releasing toxins that enter the food chain through fish and shellfish, eventually killing larger marine animals such as dolphins and turtles. The video uses animation to show how the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), consisting ...

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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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Aquarius

This is a video resource describing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater laboratory adjacent to deep reefs off the coast of Florida. The Aquarius is used by the University of North Carolina to better understand, manage and protect marine resources. Explaining that ...

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First sign of climate change

This is a video resource describing the rapid loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, which has warmed at twice the global rate over the last 50 years. The video features footage of the Arctic and some of the wildlife dependent on that environment, and makes effective use of time-lapse animation to show the dramatic reduction ...

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Threats to coral reefs: what are they?

Coral reefs are in trouble. Though important ecologically and vital for local communities, they're facing a range of serious threats. Listen to a panel of scientific and community experts discussing the human and natural factors that stress coral reefs around the world. Find out the recipe for how to kill a reef. Then learn ...