COASTAL RISKS AND DYNAMICS
The exam will consist of an interview that will focus on the topics covered during the course. The evaluation will be carried out on the basis of the student's answers, which will demonstrate the knowledge of the topics covered during the course.
The need to have one appropriate knowledge on these topics is crucial for the national territory when the European directives are to be implemented on Maritime Spatial Planning and Maritime Spatial Planning detail on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (integrated management of the coastline). The relevance of these topics in the Master's Degree in Marine Sciences results particularly obvious and only in the national context the maritime cluster currently contributes 2.6% to the formation of the National GDP and the presence in Lombardy of numerous design companies and construction of maritime works of various nature, consulting companies and design justifies the need to provide graduates in Marine Sciences experienced in the marine sector. At international level, the presence of the Marhe Center, highlight the needs to complete Marine Sciences students skills with knowledge of coastal dynamics and coastal protection, especially in an area that is heavily at risk in the present climate change scenarios.
The course is intended to provide basic knowledge of coastal processes for the proper management of the coastline from a physical point of view. The knowledge on maritime hydraulics (wave genesis, wave transformations, coastal currents), sediment transport and beaches morphodynamic will be deepened. Coastal risk elements will be presented, with particular regard to coastal erosion and possible defense approaches. The main techniques for studying and monitoring the coastal system will be examined. The part of the Coastal Risk Course aims to provide the student with advanced knowledge in the study and forecast of the impact of catastrophic events on the coastline. The training obtained can be applied for Civil Protection purposes and to minimize impacts on coastline.
The first part of the course is dedicated to the introduction and general treatment of the following topics (lesson 1 to 6):
Overview of Maritime Hydraulics. Wave climate, wave transformation, forecast of short and long-term sea conditions.
In the second part (lesson from 7 to 10), topics such as:
Coastal dynamics: genesis of coastal currents, set-up and set-down, longitudinal and transversal currents, solid transport.
Coastal Hydraulic Risk
Evaluation of Environmental Impact and Strategic Planning
Defense work against erosion, adherent defenses, defenses detached from the coast (groins and breakwaters), submerged breakwaters, beach nourishment.
A final lesson on Marine Renewable Energy focus on future perspectives on marine science.
Textbook and teaching resource
The videos and the pdf of the lessons are provided
Teaching is divided into modules consisting of 21 two-hour lectures