BIO-GEOMORPHOLOGY

BIO-GEOMORPHOLOGY

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Code
94749
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10723 MARINE BIOLOGI AND ECOLOGY (LM-75) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
GEO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (MARINE BIOLOGI AND ECOLOGY)
semester
2° 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 geomorphological and hydrodynamic of the marine habitat. To provide the necessary tools for understanding and evaluating effects of abiotic factors on marine biocenosis.

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

• understand the physical mechanisms that govern the marine habitat;

• distinguish the natural causes that affect biocenosis from those caused by human action;

• correctly assess the environmental impact on biocenosis.

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.

Wave mathematical modelling exercises.

Field activities will be carried out along the Ligurian coast.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Seabed morphology: active and passive continental margins, abyssal plains, oceanic ridges.. Wave propagation and marine currents. Marine habitats: Carbonate factory, delta, tidal flat, lagoon, rocky coasts, litoral system.

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.

N.C. Smoot, D.R. Choi, M.I. Bhat: Marine Geomorphology. Publisher, Xlibris Corporation.

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

E. Pranzini (2004) - La forma delle coste. Zanichelli. Enginnering – Vol. 18; World Scientific ed.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

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

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.

Wave mathematical modelling exercises.

Field activities will be carried out along the Ligurian coast.

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of a written test of five questions 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 system.