(2021) ‘Making the grade: question and answer: tectonic hazards’, Geography Review, 34 (4), pp.28-32.
This issue’s Question and Answer considers some questions in the style of the AQA specification physical geography paper. The three questions relate to the topic area 3.1.5 Hazards, which is an optional unit that includes tectonic hazards, storms and wildfires. Look out for the accompanying essay question, sample answer and commentary in this article.
Lucas, C. (2021) ‘Australia’s catastrophic wildfires: the bushfires of 2019-20’, Geography Review, 34 (4), pp.16-19.
Last summer Australia experienced its worst wildfires in recorded history. This case study of the event looks at the causes and impacts of the bushfire hazard, and how future risk can be managed. This article links to your unit on Hazards and supports your study of fires in nature. Look out for the accompanying quiz in this article and the discussion question.
Lewin, J. (2020) ‘Understanding flooding over time: extreme flood events in Worcester’, Geography Review, 34 (2), pp.22-25.
Flooding is a natural and inevitable part of the water cycle. How can understanding of past events help us manage those in the future?
Eriksen, C. (2019) ‘Human vulnerability to ‘natural’ disasters: a case study of Hurricane Katrina’, Geography Review, 33 (2), pp.2-5.
This article argues that Hurricane Katrina was not a ‘natural’ disaster. Human error caused the catastrophic flooding, and its impacts were magnified by the lack of resilience in large parts of the New Orleans population. Managing human vulnerability and coping capacity is key to disaster prevention.
Redfern, D. (2019) ‘Making the grade: making connections: hazard and place’, Geography Review, 33 (1), pp.10-12.
The links between hazardous events and the places they affect are common features in A-level geography exam questions. This article looks at the complexity of such connections in this regular column that makes links between A-level topics.
Adamson, G. (2018) El Nino and La Nina: understanding extreme weather’, Geography Review, 32 (1), pp.35-37.
What is El Nino, how was it discovered, and how has an understanding of the ENSO phenomenon affected the way we respond to hazards?
Davies, O. (2018) ‘Tectonic hazards in Ecuador: a case study’, Geography Review, 31 (3), pp.2-6.
Ecuador lies on the most active oceanic-continental tectonic boundary in the world and experiences regular seismic shocks and volcanic activity. This article outlines the country’s tectonic situation and looks at its level of preparation for a serious hazard event.
Skinner, C. and Milan, D. (2018) ‘Flash flooding: visualising the impacts’, Geography Review, 31 (4), pp.37-41.
This article uses a case study from Northumberland to look at why flash flooding occurs, why flash floods are rare and difficult to forecast, and why their impacts are so severe. It explains the flash-flood hydrograph and introduces an app used to visualise a dramatic flood event.