Tour of coastal landscapes
Students navigate using GPS and visit a number of locations. At each location students discuss which coastal hazards may occur. Hazards may include; wave over topping, coastal inundation, sand drift and shoreline recession. The students identify what assets are under threat and discuss management options available in each case.
Hazard prediction models
Students interpret data from a number of computer models that are used to predict the impacts of coastal hazards at the locations just visited. Images generated by such computer models can predict the expected impact of coastal hazards in 2050 and 2100. Councils use this information in their planning process.
Other geomorphic hazards
Students focus on other geomorphic hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. They look at the geomorphic processes that create these hazards, how they are managed globally and their potential to impact on their local area.
Using data from the predictive models combined with their own observations in the field students develop a report that identifies:
- where might coastal hazards occur around their local area
- the nature of these hazards, including causes and impacts of each hazard
- the potential management strategies that could be employed at each site