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Physical Processes of Coastal Environments



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-15 - 2020-12-16

Course Description:

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.


Only for students in Coastal and Marine Management (MRM programme)

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.


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Environmental protection technology