NIGK14049U Coastal, Estuarine and Fluvial Geoscience (part 1)

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics


This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of Estuarine and Fluvial Geoscience.

Learning Outcome


Dynamic processes, sediment transport and morphological response in estuarine and fluvial environments. This will include erosion and deposition of both cohesive and non-cohesive sediments; Stratigraphy and formation of fluvial and estuarine landscapes; Field-methods in sediment dynamics and marine studies; Coastal wetland response to sea level fluctuations; numerical chronology; Case-studies from different climatic zones.



  • apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • carry out some of the more common calculations and tasks related to estuarine and fluvial processes
  • analyze and discuss data-sets from studies dealing with sediment transport and sedimentary deposits
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • write a short, concise report aimed at colleagues within the business world, public institutions or research institutions.



The aim of the course is to provide a broad basis for studies of sediment transport, geomorphological processes and landforms in fluvial and estuarine environments and to understand their response to sea level fluctuations and climate change. At the end of the course the student will have an understanding of the most important sediment transport processes in fluvial, estuarine and marine environments and associated landforms. The student will understand the importance of observations and hypothesis testing and should be able to design studies within the field of sediment transport and geomorphology. The student will have knowledge about strengths and weaknesses associated with common methods and analysis procedures used within this field of research and should be able to make a professional-style oral presentation and back it up by a short, concise report.


 Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcomes.