GCSE Geography case studies for June 2012 examination
Paper 1 – Physical Geography
Rivers - flooding
MEDC case study = Boscastle, August 2004.
LEDC case study = Bangladesh, 2004
Rivers – flood control
River Tees – shows hard and soft engineering.
Tilgate park dam – hard engineering to stop the River Mole from flooding.
Rivers and water supply in the UK
Kielder Water in Northumberland – shows how water can be transferred to elsewhere in the UK.
Coastal erosion and management
MEDC case study = Newhaven and Seaford (beach replenishment here is soft engineering
but the terminal groyne and rip-rap is hard engineering).
MEDC case study = Holderness, East Yorkshire – shows coastal erosion and hard engineering
defence at Mappleton.
LEDC case study = Bangladesh – Flood Action Plan
Impacts of coastal flooding
London and the Thames estruary.
Coastal habitat and its management
Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex – what is this like and how is it being managed?
Tectonics – earthquakes and volcanoes
Alps – human uses: farming and forestry, tourism & HEP.
Volcanic eruptions and their impacts
LEDC/MEDC = Montserrat, Caribbean 1995.
MEDC – San Francisco, 1989.
LEDC – Gujarat, India, 2001.
Asian tsunami, Boxing Day 2004.
Japanese tsunami, Aril 2011.
Paper 2 - Human Geography.
China’s one child policy
UK’s ageing population, Italy’s ageing population.
Migration issues in the UK.
Changing urban environments
Issues in the CBD and inner city – Birmingham & Manchester are good examples of how
these have been improved.
Traffic solutions – London and Glasgow.
Urbanisation in developing world cities
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sustainable urban living
Bedzed in Wallington, South London.
Blackpool – example of tourist resort that experienced rise and fall in popularity.
Mass tourism / Positive and negative effects of tourism
Tourism in extreme environments