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Climate Change and Wetlands

Scientists are learning how the Earth’s climate system works through observation, measurement and modeling. Through a series of hands-on biological and environmental learning experiences on the banks of Herdsman Lake, students conduct an investigation to examine human influence on wetland ecology within the context of Climate Change. It is envisioned that this experience may be used by teachers as a foundation to investigate the controversy and develop tools to enable students to make judgments in other issues of scientific controversy.

At the end of this learning experience students will have had the opportunity to:

  • Engage: students investigate Climate Change, define and discuss what
  • it is, what are greenhouse gases? How does human activity influence greenhouse gases? What greenhouse gases are found in wetlands?
  • Explore: Herdsman Lake wetland, investigate the wetland food-web on a Swamp Safari. Record lake water pH, EC, temperature, water levels and sample macro-invertebrates. Collate classroom data.
  • Present data appropriately, reflect on the methods used to obtain data, discuss sampling error, modelling, scientific method. Interpretation of data.
  • Explain: discuss influence of seasons, human activity, urbanization, and climate. Explore the Swamp Harrier food pyramid; discuss the impact of global warming on Swamp Harrier numbers.
  • Elaborate: do your results support the hypothesis of anthropogenic climate change? Explain. Compare and contrast traditional Nyungar land-use with current use in terms of impact on climate change.
  • Evaluate: post-visit: conduct a debate on anthropogenic climate change, what is the evidence? Investigate the controversy