MARS5001: Coastal Processes and Systems

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: A/Prof Ana Vila-Concejo
Teachers: Dr Jak McCarroll, Dr Tristan Salles
Session: Semester 1
Classes: One 2 hour lecture, one 1 hour tutorial, one 3 hour practical per week for 6 weeks
Assessment: Assignment, presentation and quiz (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

Note: Department permission required for enrolment.

This unit of study explains the major coastal processes and systems of relevance to coastal zone management. These include rocky coasts and bluffs; beaches, barriers and dunes; and estuaries and inlets. The interactions between these processes and systems that are of most relevance to coastal management are highlighted, including coastal hazards such as beach erosion, dune migration, bluff retreat, coastal flooding and inlet closure/opening. Anthropogenic impacts are also analysed. The unit is presented in lectures and field excursions, the latter enabling each system to be examined first hand.

See the Course Outline.