geography resources coastal systems and landscapes

(2023) ‘Making the grade: question and answer: changing coastlines’, Geography Review, 36 (3), pp.26-30.
This issue’s Question and Answer uses the 2020 Pearson Edexcel Paper 2 (physical geography) examination paper. Questions focus on both coastal processes and management and range from 6 marks to 20 marks. This Question and Answer could be used either in class or as a homework activity, bearing in mind differences in question style and focus.

Woodward, J. (2022) ‘Centrepiece: the April 2021 Nefyn landslide and earthflow’, Geography Review, 36 (1), pp.20-21.
Explore a recent coastal landslide event caught on camera.

Austin, M. and Walker-Springett, G. (2022) ‘Coastal sand dunes: storms and (over-)stabilisation’, Geography Review, 35 (2), pp.8-13.
This articles uses a UK case study to explore modern methods of dune management. For many decades, sand dunes have been stabilised using grasses and trees. But is this the best way to protect the coastline from storms and floods?

Poate, T., Stokes, C., Masselink, G. and Kirby, J.A. (2021) ‘Managing coastal risk in the UK: Coastal Change Management Areas’, Geography Review, 34 (4), pp.24-27.
Managing the risk of coastal flooding and erosion requires planning well into the future. This article describes how Coastal Change Management Areas are used in the UK to increase resilience. This article links to your unit on Coastal Systems and Landscapes. Look out for the discussion questions in this article.

Ryan, P. (2021) ‘Changing coastal systems: a case study of the Dee Estuary’, Geography Review, 34 (3), pp.28-31.
This case study looks at changing coastal ecosystems across space and time in the Dee Estuary, which lies between the Wirral and north Wales.

Moller, I. (2020) ‘Climate change and coastal hazards: how can we protect coastal communities?’, Geography Review, 34 (1), pp.10-14.
Coasts are dynamic landscapes, under threat from sea-level rise. How can our understanding of coastal processes allow us to manage the coastline in a sustainable way and protect coastal communities?

Schofield, C. (2020) ‘Rising seas and coastal communities: threats to Pacific island states’, Geography Review, 33 (3), pp.2-4.
As climate change leads to a global rise in sea level, what happens to low-lying islands in the Pacific? This article looks at the impacts of disappearing coastlines, how small-island states can respond and the implications for their claims on maritime resources.

(2017) ‘Making the grade: question and answer: coastal systems and landscapes’, Geography Review, 30 (4), pp.6-9.
This Question and Answer looks at an AQA topic Coastal systems and landscapes.

Davies, O. (2017) ‘Holistic coastal management: the SMP for the east Norfolk coast’, Geography Review, 30 (3), pp.2-6.
Over the past 150 years coastal protection in the UK has developed from the piecemeal building of hard defences such as sea walls, to Shoreline Management Plans that manage whole sections of coast in a holistic way. This article uses SMP6 (east Norfolk) as a case study of modern coastal management.

Woodroffe, S. (2017) ‘Coastal landscapes: processes, systems and change’, Geography Review, 31 (1), pp.2-6.
Provides a clear summary of the processes that create coastal landscapes, and looks at the threats posed by sea-level change. Ends with a case study from the USA of a coastal landscape system under constant erosional change.

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