Pat Spiers is our teacher aboard the flotilla that is heading to the remote South West Tasmania wilderness coast beginning 18th February. Reports written specially for High school classes will be posted here regularly during the trip.
Pat is going to share his experiences first-hand through photos and written reports which are aligned with the Geography curriculum (Biomes, Environmental change and management) but will also have plenty of Science content (Biological, Chemical, Earth and Space sciences).
Pat will keep his investigation on track with the following inquiry questions:
How is the global problem of marine debris affecting the:
A. Port Davey – Bathurst Harbour estuarine system?
B. Coastal terrestrial ecosystems of the Southwest National Park?
- What are the characteristics of the land and water landforms in these areas?
- How do these environments function? (Ecosystems, Geology, Energy flows, Biochemistry)
- How do people’s "world views" affect their attitudes to, and use of, these environments?
- What are the causes and consequences of change in these environments and how can these changes be managed?
- Why is an understanding of environmental processes and interconnections essential for sustainable management of environments?