IB Geography field trip to Devon

On 15 September, a team of 46 Upper Sixth IB Geographers travelled to the Start Bay coastline in South Devon.

The goal of the trip was for students to collect, present and analyse data to answer the internal assessment research question: Are the coastal defences along Start Bay appropriate?

Various data collection techniques were used, including beach profiling, sediment analysis, flood risk assessments, bipolar surveys and land use surveys. Data presentation and analysis techniques included GIS mapping, scatter graphs, Spearman’s rank and Mann-Whitney statistical tests.

The Start Bay coastline was also taught as a syllabus case study of coastal management and stakeholder conflicts.

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