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Is our local area a risky place?
Are some places riskier than others?
How risky is it to live in the UK?
To what extent are some hazard risks made greater by humans?
Can all hazard risk be managed (one)?
Can all hazard risk be managed (two)?
Does location affect how hazard risks are managed?
Risky world - Assessment
Risky world - Using Google Earth

Risky world - Using Google Earth

Risky world

In this module, students study risk through the key concepts of space (where the risk is), scale (how big the risk is and how bad the effects might be) and place (the physical and human characteristics that make a location risky). The world of risk is explored from a personal to a global scale, and students develop an understanding of who in the world is most at risk from natural or human disasters, and whether it is possible to manage these risks/hazards.

Within this module, it is possible to use Google Earth for a range of activities, as outlined below:

  • Lesson three: How risky is it to live in the UK? Create a tour of places in the local area or across the UK that are affected by risks. Use the Environment Agency website to add detail about risk to a placemark
  • Lesson five: Can all hazard risk be managed (one)? Create an interactive map of the events of 26 December 2004
  • Lesson six: Can all hazard risk be managed (two)? Create an interactive map of the impact of the tsunami on countries globally

Download further details about these activities PDF | MSWORD

The main Google Earth activities for this module fit into Lessons five: Can all hazard risk be managed (one)? and six: Can all hazard risk be managed (two)?

The first of these activities, Asian tsunami, involves students creating an interactive timeline of the tsunami using placemarks and polygons to show how the waves travelled across the oceans. The activity aims to inform students about the events of 26 December 2004, and to develop their understanding of how the tsunami affected different countries.

In order to complete this activity, students will need to download the Asian tsunami kml file and accompanying worksheet.

In the second activity, Effects of the Asian tsunami, students use different symbols to show the varying impact of the tsunami on different countries. Through this activity students will develop their understanding of the global impact of the tsunami. The activity also introduces some new Google Earth skills, namely the creation of appropriate scales and symbols.

In order to complete this activity, students will need to download the Asian tsunami kml file and accompanying worksheet.

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