Coastal Dynamics

University of Galway

Course Description

The Course

The coastal zone exists at the interface of land, sea and atmosphere, making it a highly complex environment. Only through improved understanding of the processes operating in this zone can we hope to understand and manage this valuable resource in a sustainable manner. This course introduces the basic concepts of coastal science. The role of waves, wind and sea-level in shaping the coast are explored. Conversely, the shape of coastal landforms affects these processes; this interaction between process and form is considered within a morphodynamic framework.

Topics covered

Introduction to Course, Coastal systems, Wave processes, Sediments, Shoreface, Nearshore-Zone, Aeolian processes, Beaches, Coastal Dunes, Tidal processes, Beach dune ecology and Beach dune management


Continuous Assessment 100%

CA will involve practical work, a class test and an essay. The practical work is centred on field work.

Core Texts

Haslett, S. K. (2008). Coastal Systems. London, Routledge. Woodrooffe, C. D. (2003). Coasts: Form, process and evolution. Cambridge, University Press

Masselink, G. and Hughes, M. (2003). Coastal Processes and Geomorphology. London, Hodder Arnold.

Additional Texts

Carter, R. W. G. (1988). Coastal Environments. London, Academic Press.
Davis Jr., R. and Fitzgerald D. (2004) Beaches and Coasts. Oxford, Blackwell.

  • Course Name

    Coastal Dynamics

  • Sessions Available

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in TI318, TI326 or TI331.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

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