Physical processes of coastal and marine environment
|Tímabil||V45 - V47||22.09.08 - 10.10.08
|Kennari||Mike Phillips og Allan Williams
NámskeiđslýsingThe course focuses on coastal environment principles with emphasis on processes together with management application, to give an understanding of the ocean and coastal (physical & anthropogenic) environment. The course follows the Sauerian concept of a cultural environment superimposed upon a physical fundament. The physical environment, e,g. waves, currents, sediment movement, beaches (various types), erosion/deposition mechanisms (e.g. cliffs, dunes, etc), and potential consequences of sea-level rise and global warming, is integrated with the anthropogenic dimension, e.g. management, hard/soft engineering, pollution (e.g. persistent marine debris), beach awards and resource exploitation. Additionally, the course introduces quantitative techniques for data processing, measuring principles and data presentation in the field of coastal and marine sciences.
- Students will gain an understanding of the complex interrelationships regarding physical and anthropogenic interactions with coastal and marine systems;
- Students will be able to define coastal environments according to physical processes and critically evaluate human influences operating in this complex zone;
- Students will be aware of complementary and competing interests associated with the coastal zone and their consequences;
- Students will be able to develop a research project proposing a solution or an improvement to an existing coastal scenario.
NámsmatClass presentation (20%), seminar participation (10%) and 1 paper written in the format of a named international journal (70%).