GEOMORPHOLOGY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY OF COASTAL SYSTEMS

Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
GEOMORFOLOGIA E SEDIMENTOLOGIA DEGLI AMBIENTI COSTIERI
Course code
CM0466 (AF:212676 AR:97125)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
GEO/02
Period
1st Semester
Course year
2
Where
VENEZIA
The aims of the course are to:
a) develop a generic understanding of the factors, processes and
morphological features that determine the short-term as well as longterm
behaviour of coastal systems; the main focus is on coastal
sedimentary environments (lagoon, delta, estuary, etc.);
b) determine the different spatial and temporal scales associated
with the morphodynamic behaviour and to qualify and quantify the
interrelations between processes and form evolution;
c) become habitual with approaches, methodologies and tools for coastal
research;
d) to study vulnerability and environmental changes, due to human
activities;
e)to apply knowledge case studies.
Knowledges on Earth Science, sedimentology, geomorphology, physics
I. The coastal area
Definition of the basic concepts. Basic hydrodynamic processes in the
coastal zone: waves and tides.
II. Sea level fluctuations and changes in morphological features
Sea level variations referred to different temporal scales. Assessment of
variations of s.l.r. during the last century. Analysis of coastal areas and
sea level rise.
III. Coastal geomorphology
Coastal systems dominated by waves and tides. Deltas and estuaries.
Cliffed and rocky coasts.
IV. Coastal morphodynamicBeach
Sediment transport processes. Seasonal and cyclic beach change.
V. coastal Facies
Beaches, costal dunes, sand flats and tidal flats.
Barrier island, deltas and estuary.
VI. The Italian coasts and thematic maps.
VII. Environmental problems in the costal areas. Vulnerability and costal risk.
Costal erosion. Adaptation of the beach profile in response to changes in sea level.
Subsidence processes: examples from the Italian coast.
VIII. Identification of scenarios for the future of Venice and its lagoon through an approach of post-normal science.
Ricci Lucchi F. 1993. I ritmi del mare. La nuova Italia Scientifica
Masselink G. and Hughes M.G. 2003. Coastal processes & geomorphology. Hodder Arnold
Woodroffe C.D. 2002. Coasts: Form, process and evolution. Cambridge University Press
Pranzini E. 2004. La forma delle coste. Zanichelli
Materials provided by the teacher.
oral
It is required to present the definition of future scenarios for the city and the Lagoon through an examination of the transitions of landscape elements from past to present.


In addition, the verification will occur even through an interview in which the topics covered during the course will be treated.
Lectures.
Seminars on specific topics.
The preparation will be integrated with field work.
Field work and at home, individually and in groups for the preparation of the scenarios.
Italian
The seminars that will be held in preparation of field activities to be carried out in the Venice area.
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of open-source software