NIGK14050U Coastal, Estuarine and Fluvial Geoscience (part 2)

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics


This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of Dynamics and Landscapes of Coastal Environments.


Learning Outcome


Hydrodynamic processes, sediment transport and morphological response (morphodynamics) in coastal environments, and the resulting landforms. Topics include: Waves and currents; erosion and transport of (non-cohesive) sediments; beach and shoreface morphology; conceptual morphological models; stratigraphy and formation of coastal landscapes (barrier systems, beach ridge plains, tidal inlets, deltas); coastal profile development; coastal response to sea level and climate change



  • apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • gain an overview and understanding of research methodologies in the coastal environment
  • discuss data-sets from studies dealing with sediment transport and sedimentary deposits
  • carry out some basic calculations of problems within coastal processes and sediment transport
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation of a research problem (on the basis of scientific papers).
  • write a short, concise report on a selected topic aimed at colleagues within research or public institutions



The aim of the course is to expand on topics taught on B.Sc. level and to gain a broad and coherent understanding of sediment transport, geomorphological processes and landforms in coastal environments. The students will be able to understand/appreciate coastal development over both short and long time spans and how (and why) changing boundary conditions (climate change; sea level change) affect these landscapes in the long term. This includes an appreciation of risks related to climate change along with possible adaptation strategies and measures.

At the end of the course the student will be able to critically evaluate both research methodologies and research results from coastal environments, to distil information from scientific publications and to translate this into coherent, professional-style oral presentations and a short, concise written report.

 Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is presentation and discussion of research papers combined with ad hoc lectures on textbook material. The lectures are combined theoretical exercises. 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.