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Hazardous environments

Key ideas Essential content Scale Required exemplification Field trip – Out of classroom learning
Some places are more hazardous than others. ·         Different types of hazard (climatic, tectonic, etc).

·         The global distributions, causes and characteristics of tropical revolving storms, volcanic and earthquake activity (plate movements).

·         Measuring and recording weather conditions, e.g. strong winds, intense rainfall.

Global and regional   Natural History Museum.
Hazards have an impact on people and the environment. ·         Identifying the scale of natural disasters and their short term (deaths, injuries, damage to buildings and infrastructure) and long term (homelessness, cost of repairing damage) impacts.

·         Reasons why people continue to live in areas at risk from hazard events.

Regional and local A comparative study of the impacts of tropical storms, in an LIC and an HIC. Research into a recent hazards.
Different levels of economic development affect how people cope with hazards. ·         Managing hazards (tropical storms, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes) involves taking actions before and after the event.

·         Predicting and preparing for hazards (education, early warning systems, shelters)

·         Responding to hazards: short term (emergency aid and disaster relief); long term (risk assessment, adjustment, improving prediction).

National Case studies of the management of one tropical storm and one tectonic event. One of these should have happened in an LIC and the other in an HIC. Surveying people’s views on the management of hazard events (if they know).
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