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Academic Curriculum

Waves Students Study Coastal Management

Geography students evaluate the role of seawalls in protecting houses built on sand dunes at Collaroy

Andre Bonnani and Leo Shanahan use instruments to determine wind strength and the effect wind has on dune profiles Screen shot

From the Head of Geography, Adam Wallington

Australians are coastal people. Greater than 80% of Australians live less than 100km from the coast. As a result, it is logical that Year 11 Geography students study Coastal Sediment Budgets as part of the Biophysical Interactions unit of work.

In 2016, an intense east coast low-pressure system accompanied by a full moon created the perfect storm. The impact of this storm led to significant beach loss and the destruction of many homes at Collaroy.

Destruction at Collaroy in 2016

On the field trip to Narrabeen Coastal Education Centre, students learned about the role and function of sand dunes, acting as a buffer between the ocean and development. Furthermore, students witnessed the consequences of allowing construction to occur on the active beach zone, and evaluated management strategies in response to these issues. Sadly, climate change and rising sea levels will mean the issue, unless acted upon, will become worse in years to come.

The day was an overwhelming success with students making use of geographical instruments to deepen their knowledge of Geography. It was also a wonderful opportunity to consolidate the learning which has taken place in the classroom.