Climatic Hazards


Key questions

  1. What can make the climate hazardous?
  2. How are climatic hazards formed?
  3. How do climatic hazards affect humans and the environment?
  4. How can the impacts of climatic hazards be reduced?

Unit Outline


Learning objective

  1. To understand what can make the climate hazardous
  2. To describe and explain the effects of tornadoes and hurricanes
  3. To identify similarities and differences between tornadoes and hurricanes then suggest responses to tornadoes and hurricanes
  4. To explain the impacts associated with snow conditions
  5. To synthesis ways in which we can deal with snow and recommend suitable strategies for the UK
  6. To identify hazards associated with high temperatures and explain how Australian drought impacts on people and the environment
  7. To identify what causes bushfires and list the impacts of bushfires then explain how people can prepare for bushfires
  8. To explain how fog is formed and describe a range of impacts of fog
  9. To compare the causes and impact of fog and smog
  10. Assessment

Want to know more?

National Hurricane Centre

How hurricanes work


Forecasting heatwaves in Australia

Factors affecting the impacts of climatic hazards

Met Office – Fog

Challenge yourself

Research Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in November 2013. In particular, look for the impacts and the responses to the typhoon. Then create an action plan for the government of the Philippines so that they are better prepared for another typhoon; justify your ideas to the government by explaining how they would reduce impacts from a future typhoon. Make sure you consider what they can afford to do as well as what would be most effective in reducing future impacts.