This course offers students an opportunity to explore coastal systems through classroom studies, lab sessions and fieldtrips. Teaching material covers short-term to long-term processes of different coastal systems, natural and human drivers for coastal landform formation and evolution, and economic development and natural hazards on coastal environments.

The content of this course includes:
- Major coastal environments: rocky coast, beaches and dunes, lagoons, estuaries, river deltas
- Natural drivers for coastal processes: wave, tide, coastal currents, freshwater and sediment discharge
- Coastal processes: sediment transport and deposition, biological activity
- Human drivers for coastal change: settlements, infrastructures and coastal hazards
- Short and long term coastal change: storms, climate and sea-level change


In this field-based course, students will study the structure and dynamic processes of coastal zones, mountain glaciers, deserts and loess landforms. Students will learn basic methods of field observation and survey so as to find out the systematic links between the different components of the Earth system.

The content of this course includes:

-Dynamic interactions between the atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial parts of the coastal zones

-Structure and dynamics of mountain glaciers

-Structure, mineral composition, and the role of wind in the formation of deserts and loess landforms

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