20h Th, 10h Pr, 3d FW
Number of credits
|Master in geography : climatology (120 ECTS)||4 crédits|
|Master in geography : general (120 ECTS)||4 crédits|
|Master in geography, global change (120 ECTS)||4 crédits|
|Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)||3 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
The course is divided in three main parts.
The first one is general and deals with morphological characteristics of the coastlines and beaches, coastal landforms and their rapid evolution, sea-level variations. The second focuses on the coastal processes: waves, tides, currents, storm surge, wind action. Finally the last one focuses o the different types of coast: beaches, dunes and barriers, cliffs and rocky shores, estuaries and delta, mangroves and reefs. The course emphasizes anthropogenic disturbances and general effects of a rising sea level in the different environments.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
- Understand the impact of sea-level change linked to global warming on the seashore
- Understand the specific processes in the littoral zone and associated coastal morphologies
- Understand the anthropic growing impact on the seashore combining specific example in the Course and the field trip
- Analyze the littoral landscape using GIS tools during practical exercises
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Basics in geology and geomorphology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The lectures are supplemented by field trip of a 3-days and by practical exercises focusing on the field trip area using GIS tools. The field trip and the practical exercises are mandatory. Practical exercises are rated.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
The lectures last 2 to 3 hours. Practical exercises last 2 hours in groups.
Recommended or required readings
Ø PowerPoint Files of the lectures are available sur eCampus.
Ø Reference Book:
o Masselink, G., Gehrels, R. (eds), 2014, Costal Environments and Global Change.
Other books used:
o Geomorphology- The Mechanism and Chemistry of Landscapes. Robert S. Anderson & Suzanne P. Anderson. Cambridge University Press. Disponible à la bibliothèque de l'ULg.
o Salomon J.N., Géomorphologie sous-marine et littorale, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux
o Perry C., Taylor K., 2007, Environmental Sedimentology, Blackwell Publishing.
o Bird E., 2000, Coastal Geomorphology, an introduction, Wiley.
o Davis jr R.A., Fitgerald D.M., Beaches and coasts, Blackwell Publishing.
Assessment methods and criteria
Evaluation will be discussed at the beginning of the year with the students.
The following allocation will be proposed:
Ø 50%: on an examen at the end of the year ;
Ø 35%: assessment based on practical exercises that must be completed;
Ø 15%: assessment based on an oral presentation about the sandy coast based on reference books.
Ø if underperforming, oral exam during the second examination ; but pratical excercices need to be completed
It is mandatory to participate to the 3-days field trip.
Travel and housing cost: 130 euros
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