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Study Requirements for ESS (first exams 2017)



1.1 Evaluate the implications of two contrasting EVSs in the context of given
environmental issues.

2.4 Students should be encouraged to study at least four contrasting pairs of
biomes of interest to them, such as temperate forests and tropical
seasonalforests; or tundras and deserts; or tropical coral reefs and
hydrothermalvents; or temperate bogs and tropical mangrove forests.
2.4 Named examples of organisms from the pioneer, intermediate and climax
communities should be provided.
2.4 Describe the process of succession in a given example.

3.3 Discuss the case histories of three different species: one that has become
extinct due to human activity, another that is critically endangered, and a
third species whose conservation status has been improved by
intervention.
3.3 Describe the threats to biodiversity from human activity in a given
natural area of biological significance or conservation area.
3.4 Evaluate the success of a given protected area.

4.2 Discuss, with reference to a case study, how shared freshwater resources
have given rise to international conflict.
4.3 Discuss, with reference to a case study, the controversial harvesting of a
named species. (Aquatic Resources)
4.3 Discuss a case study that demonstrates the impact of aquaculture.

5.2 Compare and contrast the inputs, outputs and system characteristics for
two given food production systems.
5.2 Evaluate the relative environmental impacts of two given food production
systems.
5.3 Evaluate the soil management strategies of a given commercial farming
system and of a given subsistence farming system.

6.4 (not required byt suggested) Possible case studies of intergovernmental
situations involving acid deposition to consider include the USA Midwest
and Eastern Canada interaction, as well as the impact of industrial Britain,
Germany and Poland on Sweden.

7.1 Evaluate the energy strategy of a given society. (in guidance: Use case
studies to highlight the energy choices of different countries)