Exposure and Vulnerability
- Enquiry Question
- Starter Activity_Synthesis_Photograph Analysis
- Student Activity_Synthesis and Scale_World Vulnerability Map to Climate Change
- Student Activity_Synthesis_Applying the Crunch Model to Climate Change
- Student Activity_Processes_Vulnerability
- Student Activity _Processes_Video on Vulnerability
- Student Activity_Synthesis_Card Sort Determining Levels of Risk
- Student Assessment - Investigating the Level of Vulnerability in Contrasting Regions - Places, Spatial Interactions and Possibilities
The following page develops students' understanding of vulnerability to climate change and resilience to cope with its threats. It uses the Pressure Release Model as a theoretical context for examining the progression of vulnerability as well as strategy framework for increasing a region's resilience threshold. The lesson begins with a number of starter activities based on photograph and maps to develop place and scale insights. The lesson then develops understanding through well chosen videos from the IPCC and Climate Literacy. The lesson goes on to an independent investigation and presentation based on the the level of vulnerability in two contrasting regions.
Teaching time: 2 Hours
- To explain the different factors that combine to increase the vulnerability of people to the risks of climate change
Study the following photograph, which shows people in Haiti subjected to hazards associated with Hurricane Matthew in September 2016.
Annotate the photograph to identify factors that you think make the people more vulnerable to hazards.
Study the map and suggest factors that influence the level of vulnerability to climate change at the global scale.
Source Standard and Poor's
Working in pairs identify factors relating to a place that would increase the level of vulnerability in a population to climate change.
Watch the following podcast by Climate Literacy and answer the questions on the sheet provided.
Watch the following video on the Working Group II of the IPCC on impacts and vulnerability and the answer the questions that follow.
Use the following cut out cards and arrange them around the diagram of risk
Student Assessment - Investigating the Level of Vulnerability in Contrasting Regions - Places, Spatial Interactions and Possibilities
Using the site page titled, Climate Change Vulnerability and the Pressure Release Model below as a structure for your research investigate the progression of vulnerability in two contrasting regions of the world. Choose from the following:
- The Sundarbans, West Bengal and Bangladesh
- The Yamal Peninsula, Russia (Nenet indigenous people)
- The Daintree coast, Australia
- Florida, USA
- A society of your choice
Present your findings back to the class under the key headings
- Hazards associated with climate change
- Root Causes - wealth, political pressures, education
- Dynamic Pressures - location factors, population pressures
- Unsafe Conditions - social differences in age, gender, perception of risk
Make sure your presentation contrasts and explains the level of vulnerability.
Link the vulnerability to the types of climate change triggers that impact the country