General characteristics of the coastal zone and the main driving coastal morphodynamics mechanisms
Waves and tides characteristics and descriptors.
Sediment dynamics in the coastal zone (transport by waves and currents, longshore and cross-shore transport)
The sandy coast (morphology, dynamics and evolution)
Barrier islands and inlets (morphology, dynamics and evolution)
The salt marshes (morphology, dynamics and evolution)
The rocky coast (morphology, dynamics and evolution)
Estuaries (types, circulation and sediment dynamics)
Deltas (types, morphology, circulation and sediment dynamics)
Practical exercises on morphology and bathymetry, including cartography and field work.
Basic geological knowledge (undergraduate or part of a graduation course)
Understand and characterize the waves, tides and currents, the main coastal types and their evolution, morphodynamics and associated sediment dynamics. The students will be able to analyze topographic and bathymetric charts.