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River Basin Management

Subjects / Geography / Rivers, Coasts and Landforms

Price: £2.95 Duration: 30mins Full topic price: £9.95

This title explores river basin management. Firstly, we will look at the causes and effects of flooding. These can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the river. Flooding tends to have more devastating effects in LEDCs, or less economically developed countries. However, there have been some recent cases of flooding in the UK. We will explore the techniques that are used to manage the river basin in the most effective way. Examples could be straightening a river, or using more ecologically friendly methods such as allowing some areas of a river to flood. We will explore the hydrological cycle and see how water travels around its network as a solid, liquid or gas. Finally, we examine how water is supplied throughout the United Kingdom, and who is responsible for ensuring that we all get a regular supply.

Author: Nicola Gill Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Stuart Blackburn ISBN: 978-1-84906-147-6
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-647-1

Chapters

  1. Causes and Effects of Flooding
  2. River Basin Management
  3. The Hydrological Cycle
  4. Water Supply
  5. Conflict

Exam Board Relevance

  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Curriculum and Exam Board Information

Key Issues

Titles

Chapters

  • An evaluation of the impact of the management techniques, both in the local area and more widely
  • e.g. Mozambique
  • Evaluation of schemes for control of flooding
  • flood control
  • Flood management methods used are different between the LEDC and the MEDC and now currently there is a move away from hard engineering e.g. dams on the Colorado to softer approaches e.g. flood plain zoning
  • Flood management methods used are different between the LEDC and the MEDC and now currently there is a move away from hard engineering e.g. dams on the Colorado to softer approaches e.g. improved warning system
  • Flood management should include efforts to prevent flooding and strategies used to ameliorate the impact
  • flood management, eg Mississippi
  • hard engineering eg straightened channel
  • Human causes of flood hazards
  • Human factors and physical processes should be considered
  • Knowledge and understanding of the causes of flooding
  • LEDC example River Ganges, Bangladesh
  • Local studies of the impact of river landforms on the activities of people and the impact of people on the processes and landforms
  • Local studies of the impact of river landforms on the activities of people and the impact of people on the processes and landforms studied
  • Management issues and strategies to resolve conflicts where national/internationally known distinctive river landforms need sustainable solutions, e.g. building on the meander of the River Usk
  • Management issues and strategies to resolve conflicts where national/internationally known distinctive river landforms need sustainable solutions, e.g. restricting visitors to the Grand Canyon valley
  • Management issues arising from local/regional river landforms being put under pressure, e.g. erosion of valley sides by too many visitors to local river beauty spot
  • Management response to flood hazards: 'hard' engineering measures
  • Management response to flood hazards: 'soft' engineering measures
  • Management techniques should include both hard engineering, eg, raising embankments and straightening channels and soft engineering, eg, reinstating the flood plain and designating washlands
  • Management techniques should include hard engineering, eg, raising embankments
  • Management techniques should include hard engineering, eg, straightening channels
  • Management techniques should include soft engineering, eg, designating washlands
  • Management techniques should include soft engineering, eg, reinstating the flood plain
  • MEDC example eg River Mississippi
  • MEDC example eg River Ouse, York
  • MEDC example eg River Rhine
  • Need for co-ordinated approach to ensure sustainable development
  • One case study from the LEDC should be chosen to study the physical and human causes of flooding and the impact of the floods
  • One case study from the MEDC should be chosen to study the physical and human causes of flooding and the impact of the floods
  • physical causes of flood hazards
  • positive and negative impact of flood hazard upon people and environment
  • River basin management as exemplified by amenity provision
  • River basin management as exemplified by flood control
  • River basin management as exemplified by management of water quality
  • River basin management issues should be studied in the context of LEDCs eg. Bangladesh
  • River basin management issues should be studied in the context of MEDCs eg. the European floods of the 1990s
  • soft engineering, eg designated flood stores
  • The effects in relation to both the human and natural environments
  • The global distribution of water and food supplies. Look at a range of causes
  • The impact of well-known distinctive river landforms on the activities of people and the impact of people on these landforms especially where they are of great scenic beauty causing problems for managing the landforms for sustainability, e.g. visitor pres
  • The provision of water supplies for urban areas exemplified by one example of the use of an upland reservoir
  • The provision of water supplies for urban areas exemplified by one example of the use of ground water supplies
  • the use of ground water supplies
  • The views of different groups and individuals should be considered
  • These studies should give rise to considerations of landform sustainability
  • This can illustrate the physical interdependence of environments
  • understand the significance and effects of values and attitudes in regard to management and in decision making

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