EART4415 Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours core unit in Marine Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- Honours option in Geographical Science; Marine Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
- Advisable prior study:
- ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
- Contact hours
- 2 x 4 hour blocks of contact hours per week for six weeks; up to 2 x one day fieldtrips
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.