[Geography and Geosciences] Coastal Evolution and Protection


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Course name Coastal Evolution and Protection
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Course code S126
Course coordinator Prof. Dr. R. Mayerle
Faculty Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Examination office Examination Office Geography and Geosciences
Short summary The first part of the course deals with hydrodynamic processes and their response on the coastline. The second part describes the physical processes acting on different types of coastlines, their contribution to the evolution of modern coastal zones and their potential of major changes on coastlines in the future. The third part introduces concepts and practices adopted to protect the coastal environment within an exciting interplay of natural processes and human activities. The final part of the course brings the current practices in the modeling of morphological changes. Examples of the application of numerical models to the prediction of morphological changes over periods of 5-10 years will be presented.

Information about study level

Study level Master
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Frequency Summer semester

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B2
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements Preference is given to participants of the M.Sc. program Coastal Information Systems.

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Course Content Students will be introduced into different kinds of coastal processes on a multidisciplinary basis. They will be provided with knowledge on the evolution of modern coastal zones as a result of physical forcing by considering qualitative and quantitative aspects of water waves, tides and currents. This knowledge is crucial for the assessment of different coastal construction projects and will also be used in numerical modeling of relevant coastal processes. As a result, the students will be able to understand and characterize coastal modification and evolution by natural and anthropogenic processes, and to assess the whole span of coastal protection measures and to appraise their consequences for coastal environments with the help of numerical modeling techniques.
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