COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT (MOD. 1 GEO)

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT (MOD. 1 GEO)

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Code
84076
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10723 MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (LM-75) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
GEO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY)
semester
1° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge about morpho-sedimentological and hydrodynamic, in order to a correct coastal zone management, providing the necessary tools to prevent, mitigate and combat the coastal erosion phenomena.

The student at the end of the course will be able to:

  • understand the physical mechanisms that govern the coastal zone;
  • apply, to the different coastal habitat, the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired;
  • distinguish and interpret the evolutionary phenomena of the coast;
  • assess the effects of anthropic interventions.
  • know and apply the main coastal defense techniques

produce scientific and / or professional reports.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and field activities. Attendance at classes and exercises is strongly recommended. Classroom lessons are delivered through multimedia presentations. The exercises are aimed at the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lessons. The exercises will take place in the classroom.

Mathematical modelling exercises.

Field activities will be carried out along the Ligurian coast.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The wave in shallow waters: refraction, diffraction and reflection; the breaking wave; run - up and set - up; coastal currents (longshore current, rip current): hydrodynamic profiles (reflective, intermediate and dissipative).

Coastal dynamics: sediments transport long shore and cross shore; sediments transport determination; vectors of Gao & Collins;; equilibrium beach profile (Dean method and Van Der Meer method).

Coastal zone management: sandy beaches; gravel beaches; embayed beaches; rocky coast; evolution of the coast (short, medium and long term).

Defense works: Hard coastal protection structures (groins, seawalls, detached breakwaters,sills); nourishment.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All the slides used during the lessons and other teaching material will be available on AulaWeb at the end of each cycle of lessons / laboratory exercises.

The books indicated are suggested as supporting text and are available and consultable together with other books for further study at the M.F.N. School Library and at the teacher office.

D. Roelvink & A. Reniers: A guide to modelling coastal morphology. Advances Series on Ocean Enginnering – Vol. 12; World Scientific ed.

R. Silvester & J. R. C. Hsu: Coastal Stabilisation. Advances Series on Ocean Enginnering – Vol. 14; World Scientific ed.

R. G. Dean: Beach Nourishment theory and practice. Advances Series on Ocean Enginnering – Vol. 18; World Scientific ed.

T. Beatley, D. Brower, A.K. Schwab: An introduction to coastal zone management. Island press

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: The students are able to book an appointment by phone, by mail or by aulaweb

Exam Board

MARCO FERRARI (President)

MONICA MONTEFALCONE (President)

MARCO FIRPO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and field activities. Attendance at classes and exercises is strongly recommended. Classroom lessons are delivered through multimedia presentations. The exercises are aimed at the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lessons. The exercises will take place in the classroom.

Mathematical modelling exercises.

Field activities will be carried out along the Ligurian coast.

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of answering to questions asked by the teacher on topics covered during the course.

Three exam dates will be available in the winter session (January-February) and four exam dates in the summer session (June, July, September) which will be published on the UNIGE website.

Assessment methods

Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of knowledge required will be provided at the beginning of the course.

The test will focus mainly on the topics covered during lessons, exercises and field activities.

The level of knowledge acquired and the ability to expose will be evaluated. The correct scientific terminology will also be evaluated.

In particular, the student must be able to demonstrate to have acquired the skills in applying the theoretical concepts to the study of coastal zone.