Coast Tools Summer School - Building up knowledge on Coastal Processes: Principles and Techniques

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General information

The Coast Tools Summer School has the objective to provide young scientists, focussing on marine sciences and coastal processes, with the principles and techniques that will allow them to explore the dynamics of complex coastal systems. The participants will gain the skills to define the morphosedimentary dynamics of sandy coasts based on field data surveys, observations and numerical modelling tools. Ultimately, it will create a favourable window of opportunity for the participants to build their own networking for future career development.

The Coast Tools Summer School explores the dynamism of sedimentary coastal environments focussing on a range of coastal processes. For that, a series of field and modelling tools are explored and applied to survey and analyse coastal morphology and link this to the major sources of energy driving changes (i.e. waves, tides and currents). As a central theme, the first edition focuses on tidal inlets and associated coastal processes, including wave run-up, overwash and inlet breaching. 

The Summer School will provide in-depth lectures combined with training in the form of a case study and field surveys. The course was designed to allow hands on approaches to explore coastal processes. These will address background knowledge on coastal processes and introduce a series of equipments and data processing tools applied for exploring the coast. The course classes and documentation will be given in English. The program can be download on pdf format here.

Equipment & Materials
The summer school will provide the opportunity of working with: Real Time Kinematic- Differential Global Positioning System (RTK-DGPS), total station, single beam echo sounder, acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV), pressure transducers and bottom sediment samplers. The course also includes the use of state of the art software to create digital elevation models, processing scripts, process-based modelling (waves, currents and sediments), among others.

Contact Person: André Pacheco (


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Venue: University of Algarve
Faro, Portugal

The fieldwork will be carried out in the Ria Formosa, a highly dynamic multi-inlet barrier island system located in the Algarve region, southern Portugal. 

Participants will be lodged at the '1878 Hostel' located at Faro city centre. 



The course fee for participants is €450. These fees include board and lodging (bedding and towels are included) all meals, course material, a number of excursions to perform fieldwork, lectures and training. Transport to the islands is included as well as to the campus of University of Algarve. 


The course is open for advanced and young postgraduate students in marine science, environmental sciences, coastal geology and physical geography, willing to improve understanding of coastal processes. 

Application Procedure:

Registration is possible by regular mail, email or on the website by filling the online registration form. In case of more than 15 applications, the selection will be based on the analysis of CV, profile and motivation letter. Participants will be informed about their admission no later than April 30 and will receive all relevant information in June.

Registration Deadline: 1st April 2015


Academic level: Master, PhD
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