Physical Processes of Coastal Environments

CMM02 Core Course 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 30.11.2020 - 11.12.2020
Instructor Dr. Paolo Stocchi


The course focuses on oceanic and coastal environments, emphasising the relationship between physical processes and management strategies. The physical environment, i.e. waves, currents, sediment movement, beaches, erosion/deposition mechanisms, as well as potential consequences of sea-level rise and global warming, is integrated with anthropogenic dimensions, i.e. usage, coastal defence, pollution (e.g. persistent marine debris) and resource exploitation. The course also gives students an understanding of the consequences of human interactions with both marine and coastal environments as well as an introduction to quantitative techniques for data processing, measuring and data presentation in the field of coastal and marine management.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • has developed an understanding of the coast, its processes, morphology and geological influences.
  • has gained an understanding of the complex interrelationships regarding physical and anthropogenic interactions with coastal and marine environments.
  • can define coastal environments according to physical processes and critically evaluate human influences on this complex zone.
  • has gained awareness of complementary and competing interests associated with the coastal zone and their consequences.
  • can develop a research project proposing a solution or an improvement to an existing coastal scenario.