Overboard and Underwater is a full-day program in which students adopt the role of Citizen Scientists or Environment Managers to observe marine debris and investigate possible impacts of this on marine environments.
This program takes advantage of our boat Inspiration to travel out onto Moreton Bay to collect data about microplastics using a sediment grab or plankton trawl, conduct a rubbish audit on St Helena Island or the Wynnum foreshore. (This program can also be land-based).
Students identify microplastics and investigate types of marine debris using the Tangaroa Blue method and national standard for rubbish audits. They then analyse and evaluate management strategies and recommend ways to minimise marine debris using systems thinking and geographical criteria.
Overboard and Underwater program helps students answer the key inquiry questions: How can spatial variation between places and changes in environments be explained? What management options exist for sustaining human and natural systems into the future?
Geography – Unit 2
Environmental change and management
Geographical knowledge and
Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The application of systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated (ACHGK073)
- The application of geographical concepts and methods to the management of the environmental change being investigated (ACHGK074)
- The application of environmental, economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change (ACHGK075)
Geographical inquiry and skills
Represent multi-variable data in a range of appropriate forms, for example scatter plots, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of spatial technologies (ACHGS074)
- Interpret and analyse multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes (ACHGS076)
- Apply geographical concepts to synthesise information from various sources and draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information, taking in to account alternative points of view (ACHGS077)
- Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080)
Activity Risk Assessment is available on request.