EART2204 Coastal Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • Level 2 core unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Geology major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The coastal zone is shaped by fundamental physical processes that interact with biological and chemical processes along the boundary between the land and deep ocean. This unit introduces students to the study of coastal and marine geoscience with a focus on physical processes in the nearshore (waves, tides, currents) that transport sediments and create changes in coastal morphology. The spectacular Western Australian coastline provides a natural laboratory in which to develop an understanding of coastal physical processes and their interactions with biological and chemical processes and the factors that drive coastline changes over a range of timescales. This knowledge can then be used to examine how coastlines may evolve in coming decades as a result of rising sea levels and climate change.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental physical processes operating in the coastal zone; (2) identify the primary processes that shape the coastal zone and drive changes in coastal morphology; (3) collect, analyse and report on coastal field datasets; and (4) integrate coastal datasets with knowledge of coastal processes to understand observed long-term shoreline changes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeff Hansen
Unit rules
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals/labs: 1 x 3 hours per week
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