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Physical Processes of Coastal Environments

  • Autumn 2024
  • Next course: 18. November - 29. November 2024
  • CMM Core Course | 4 ECTS
  • Course:CMM0204

About the course

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 and deposition mechanisms, as well as potential consequences of sea-level rise and global warming, is integrated with anthropogenic dimensions, such as 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 outcome

On completion of the course a student:

  • has developed an understanding of the coast, its processes, morphology and geological influences.
  • understands 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.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: 50% group presentation; 50% individual assessment

Final Exam: Assignment