EART5530 Coastal Hazards and Adaptation

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Australia, as many other countries, is a coastal focused nation with approximately 80% of the population living within 50 km of the coast. The coast also plays a key role in Australia's economy by providing a conduit for a range of direct economic activity as well as being a major draw for domestic and international tourism. The pressures placed on the coast resulting from the coastal population density and development result in coastal areas being at high risk for a number of hazards, including inundation, erosion, and water quality deterioration, all of which will be exacerbated by climate change and rising sea levels. In this unit students will gain an understanding of the processes that result in a range of coastal hazards, with an emphasis on coastal change and water quality. The unit is spread across three central themes; coastal change, coastal and estuarine water quality, and planning and regulatory framework to manage and adapt to coastal hazards. A key component of the unit will be examining case studies where a range of remediation and adaptation strategies have been applied to address coastal change and poor water quality. Through these case studies students will learn how to assess costal vulnerability including an understanding of the data required to make such an assessment and the various strategies to minimize it through intervention and/or adaptation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the different physical and biogeochemical processes that lead to coastal hazards, specific to different coastal environments; (2) critically assess the range of mitigation approaches, summarise their suitability to address specific coastal hazards, and recommend adaptation strategies for example case study sites; (3) demonstrate appropriate environmental data collection methods; (4) describe the planning and regulatory framework relevant to coastal hazard mitigation, including requirements for intervention and/or adaptation options; and (5) analyse data to assess the severity of coastal hazards, in relation to both coastal erosion issues and water quality deterioration.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) written assignment; and (3) final project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeff Hansen
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
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