Physical Processes of Coastal and Marine Environment

CMM02A Core Course 4 ECTS
Period -
Instructor Paolo Stocchi


The course focuses on oceanic and coastal environments with an emphasis onprocesses together with management strategies. The physical environment, e,g. waves, currents, sedimentmovement, beaches (various types), erosion/deposition mechanisms (e.g. cliffs, dunes, etc), andpotential consequences of sea-level rise and global warming, is integrated with anthropogenicdimensions, i.e. usage, coastal defence, pollution (e.g. persistent marine debris) and resourceexploitation. Furthermore, the course will give students an understanding of human interactionconsequences in both ocean and coastal environments and an introduction to quantitativetechniques for data processing, measuring and data presentation in the field of coastal and marinesciences.


  • Students will gain an understanding of the complex interrelationships regarding physicaland anthropogenic interactions with coastal and marine systems;
  • Students will be able to define coastal environments according to physical processes andcritically evaluate human influences operating in this complex zone;
  • Students will be aware of complementary and competing interests associated with thecoastal zone and their consequences;
  • Students will be able to develop a research project proposing a solution or animprovement to an existing coastal scenario.