Global Hazards

This topic allows learners to develop an understanding of a variety of hazards that impact human lives both within the UK and worldwide. Learners investigate how weather can be hazardous, gaining knowledge of the major processes within the atmosphere and their impact in creating extreme weather. This is contextualised through two case studies of natural weather hazard events. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are just some of the deadly hazards we face on Earth. Not only do they impact humans but they also shape our land. An understanding of tectonic hazards is developed; exploring the causes, consequences and responses to a tectonic event of choice.

1.1 How can weather be hazardous?

a. Why do we have weather extremes?

b. When does extreme weather become a hazard?

1.2 How do plate tectonics shape our world?

a. What processes occur at plate boundaries?

b. How can tectonic movements be hazardous?

c. How does technology have the potential to save lives in hazardous zones?

How technological developments can have a positive impact on mitigation (such as building design, prediction, early warning systems) in areas prone to a tectonic hazard of your choice.

BBC Bitesize – managing tectonic hazards

BBC Bitesize – managing tectonic hazards video

BBC Bitesize – managing tectonic hazards quiz

BBC Class Clips – engineering earthquake proof structures

BBC Class Clips – preparing for earthquakes