Royal Geographical Society Continuing Professional Development for A-level Geography teachers. Subject knowledge update: The Carbon and Water cycles

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Royal Geographical Society Continuing Professional Development for A-level Geography teachers: The Carbon and Water cycles, University of Birmingham, 16 March 2017. The session is supported by a podcast interview. Subject knowledge update: Global environmental change Dr Jerry Pritchard and Professor Rob MacKenzie, University of Birmingham The FACE (Free Air Carbon Enrichment) experiment that the University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) has set up provides a unique window into the response of a landscape to changing atmospheric composition. We will aim to deliver a range of material to support the teaching of A Level geography. The activities and information presented will cover key areas of the A Level specifications including water and carbon cycles, landscape systems and global systems. A seminar presentation will introduce the inter-relationships between CO2, plans, soil, carbon and water cycles and explain how the FACE facility can help us understand these issues. A short workshop will then explore the linkages between current research areas and the teaching of A Level geography. This will be followed by a practical session. Teachers will be able to circulate around three work stations, see the material demonstrated and talk through the scientific and practical delivery implications with research staff in an informal setting. The resources for each practical topic will be available to take away on a data stick for use in schools, including access to real-time online data streams. The evening will also provide an opportunity for teachers and academics to discuss career pathways from the geography A Level. Dr Jerry Pritchard is the Director of Education for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and a senior lecturer in Biology at the University of Birmingham. Rob MacKenzie is a Professor of Atmospheric Science and has expertise in computer simulation of atmospheric aerosol and the effects of vegetation on atmospheric composition.
Period16 Mar 2017
Held atRoyal Geog Soc, United Kingdom


  • carbon dioxide
  • water
  • A-level
  • BIFoR