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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
GEOG2012-1  Coastal geomorphology

Duration :  20h Th, 10h Pr, 2d FW
Number of credits :  
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, in-depth approach, 1st year3
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, didactic approach, 1st year3
Master in oceanography, Research focus, 1st year3
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en développement territorial et géomatique, 1st year3
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, specialized approach, 1st year3
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en géomorphologie, 1st year3
Lecturer :  Aurelia Hubert
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course 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 course :  
The objective is to give an overall background of the processes and associated coastal morphologies combining lectures and individual reading of scientific papers or books.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Basics in geology and geomorphology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
The lectures are supplemented by field trip of a 2-days and by practical exercises focusing on the analysis of maps, atlas and aerial photographs of the different environments studied.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
The lectures last 1 hours and 30 minutes with additional 30 minutes discussion on individual lectures of scientific papers or books. 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%: assessment based on a writing exam during the first examination;
 Ø if underperforming, oral exam during the second examination ; but pratical excercices need to be completed
Ø 35%: assessment based on practical exercises;
Ø 15%: assessment based on individual work (analysis of field trip or of scientific papers or presentation on sandy beaches).
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Aurélia Hubert-Ferrari

tél. 04/366 93 95

email :


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