Land Cover Transformations (Years 11-12)

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Overview

Situated 9 kilometres from Brisbane City, Toohey Forest is under threat from encroaching development, land fragmentation, edge effect and introduced fauna and weeds.

The full day program, Land cover transformations: Invasive weeds, provides students with the opportunity to collect primary data and access secondary sources to assist in describing the features, elements and interactions between the biophysical environment and anthropogenic processes that shape the identity of Toohey Forest and result in land cover change.

Primary data is collected by students utilising Vernier data loggers (soil moisture, soil temperature, relative humidity, light intensity), soil pH kits, GPS, densiometers and inclinometers. Plant identification keys and quadrats are used to collect diversity and abundance data to calculate a quantitative value to describe species richness, evenness and health of an ecosystem (i.e. Simpson’s Diversity Index). During the day students will use aerial photos, maps and texts in conjunction with their primary data to evaluate the interactions between the biotic characteristics, environmental conditions of the site and the invaders’ attributes in the target area.

Land cover transformations has been assessed as medium risk. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available on request. A student field booklet is provided upon confirmation of your booking.

Curriculum Intent

Senior Geography

Unit 3 – Responding to land cover transformations
Topic 2 – Responding to local land cover transformations

Subject matter:

  • Explain the geographical processes that result in particular physical features (e.g. forests) that shape the identity of places at the local level
  • Interpret land use maps to identify where changing land cover has had an impact on the biophysical environment in the local area
  • Explain geographical processes that have contributed to land cover change in a local area, including anthropogenic process and natural processes
  • Use a conceptual model to identify a local land challenge
  • Conduct a field study to collect primary data for investigating a land management challenge on a local scale