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School of Science
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
Course unit
MORPHODYNAMICS OF LAGOONS, DELTAS AND ESTUARIES UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE
SCP3051173, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MORPHODYNAMICS OF LAGOONS, DELTAS AND ESTUARIES UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANDREA D'ALPAOS ICAR/02
Other lecturers MASSIMILIANO GHINASSI GEO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Group didactic activities 1.0 16 9.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide basic concepts for the analysis of the long-term morpohodynamic evolution of coastal systems like e.g., lagoons, deltas, and estuaries. These coastal environments are first presented focussing on role of biogeomorphic processes on their morphological equilibrium and dynamics. The response of such systems to changes in the governing environmental forcings is then analyzed. The student learns how to carry out quantitative analyses on the response of coastal systems to current climate changes.
Examination methods: Written and oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The knowledge of the course program will be evaluated, aslo with reference to field activities laboratory analyses.
Course unit contents: Morphodynamics and biogemorphodynamics. Short introduction to coastal systems and to their morphodynamic evolution in response to physical and biological forcings. Relative sea level and its variations. Tides, waves, currrents, and sediment transport processes in shallow water systems. Morphology and evolution of lagoons, deltas, and estuaries. A case study: The Venice Lagoon and its morphological evolution during the past centuries. Will Venice survive? General effects of a rising sea level. Natural and anthropogenic forcings. Effects of a changing climate. Effects on lagoons, deltas, and estuaries.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Classes during which theoretical issues will be introduced together with the analysis of actual case studies.
- Two field trips to the Venice Lagoon, analysis of the typical morphological structures of a lagoonal system (salt marshes, tidal flats and channel networks) and collection of soil samples to be analyzed in the laboratory.
- Analysis of soil samples in the lab.
- Use of morphodynamic models to analyze the evolution of tidal systems in response to changes in the forcings.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Power point slides and books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gerd Masselink, Michael Hughes, Jasper Knight, Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology. --: Hodder Education, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gerd Masselink,Roland Gehrels, Coastal Environments and Global Change. --: AGU, WILEY, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo