The first stage is to identify a topic. The issue or questions should relate directly to something covered in Unit 1 or 2.
|Unit 1: Physical geography||Unit 2: Human geography|
|Rocks||Changes to the inner city|
|Managing our resources|
A popular topic for investigation is Rivers.
Potential title: A study of how river features change downstream.
The aim is the overall goal or target that a piece of fieldwork will reach.
Aim: To test the changes that happens within a river from the upper to lower course in the river.
A hypothesis is a statement that will be tested through the fieldwork investigation. It should be linked to geography theory.
Hyp 1: The cross-sectional area of the Glenarm River decreases as you move upstream.
Hyp 2: The bedload size and shape will increase as you move upstream.
Information collected in the field for the rivers fieldwork will be primary information.
Maps used to plot the different sites along the course of the river where the measurement of the results would be taking place will be secondary information.
A risk assessment is required to identify potential risks involved in fieldwork and how they can be reduced.
Rivers can be very dangerous. Before entering the water you should check that the water levels and velocities are safe.
Fieldwork on the Glenarm River