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Biophysical interactions

Biophysical interactions - biodiversity case-study excursion


This Stage 6 excursion is a geographical case study investigating the issue of biodiversity within the biosphere. A main focus of the program is the interaction between fire and ecological health.

Pressures from urbanisation, industrialisation, a changing climate and changed fire regimes has resulted in significant and continual loss of biodiversity in the biophysical environment. Today, NSW has almost 1000 species at risk of extinction, some of which can be found in the environments of the Lane Cove National Park.

How does an understanding of biophysical processes contribute to the sustainable management of urban bushland sites for biodiversity and threatened species? 

With a focus on geographic inquiry students engage in fieldwork using scientific methodologies to examine the key biophysical processes and interactions involved in sandstone geology vegetation communities. Data collected will help to inform students of the existing and future management strategies for protecting biodiversity in the park. 

Students will measure biotic and abiotic factors, use sampling techniques to record species abundance and distribution, identify vegetation structure and examine human impacts. Students use geographic skills to interpret maps, photographs, satellite imagery, graphs and statistics to support their inquiry. 

This program is supported by pre-excursion and post-excursion resources.

Attending this excursion fulfills the NSW Preliminary Geography course requirements for fieldwork in Biophysical Interactions.


  • Field of Mars Reserve

Track overview

Program details

  • Maximum 70 students per day.

Program cost

  • DoE school cost is $20 per student - GST free.
  • Non Gov school cost is $30 per student - GST free. Minimum charge $600.

Program resources