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Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability

Content Learning Outcomes Notes
Atmosphere and change

 

4 hours

Describe the functioning of the atmospheric system in terms of the energy balance between solar and longwave radiation. Explain the changes in this balance due to external forces (changes in solar radiation, changes in the albedo of the atmosphere and changes in the longwave radiation returned to space). Discuss the causes and environmental consequences of global climate change.  
Soil and change

 

4 hours

Explain the causes of soil degradation. Discuss the environmental and socio-economic consequences of this process, together with management strategies.  
Water and change

 

5 hours

Identify the ways in which water is utilised at the regional scale. Examine the environmental and human factors affecting patterns and trends in physical water scarcity and economic water scarcity. Examine the factors affecting access to safe drinking water.  
Biodiversity and change

 

3 hours

Explain the concept and importance of biodiversity in tropical rainforests. Examine the causes and consequences of reduced biodiversity in this biome.  
Sustainability and the environment

 

3 hours

Define the concept of environmental sustainability. Evaluate a management strategy at a local or national scale designed to achieve environmental sustainability.  
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