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Course module: 201800024
Long Waves and Tidal Morphodynamics
Course infoSchedule
Course module201800024
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact G.H.P. Campmans
Contactperson for the course G.H.P. Campmans
Lecturer G.H.P. Campmans
Lecturer T.M. Duong
Lecturer E.M. Horstman
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successfully completing this course, the student is able to:
  • Qualitatively understand the process of tide generation
  • Derive, analyze and solve idealised hydrodynamic models of tidal dynamics in simple geometries (e.g., Kelvin wave, Taylor problem), tidal rivers
  • Know the fundamentals of sediment transport and characteristics of marine bed forms (sandbanks, sandwaves) and understand the formation mechanisms of bedforms using stability analysis
  • Understand the fundamentals of barrier coast dynamics and derive, analyse and solve simple models describing these dynamics (e.g., Escoffier)
  • Qualitatively understand wind-driven flow processes (Ekman dynamics, storm surges); Ekman dynamics also quantitatively.
Assessing the impact of (economic) activities in the marine environment requires knowledge of the physical processes in these systems. The North Sea is a typical example of such a system, with many (often conflicting) functions and values.. This course deals with the qualitative and quantitative understanding of hydrodynamic and morphodynamic processes associated with long waves and tides.
We start from a qualitative approach, describing observations and dynamics of long waves and tides in the marine environment. We then proceed to a quantitative, process-based perspective, using (partial) differential equations to describe these dynamics. We pay attention to both deriving and solving these equations. The solution usually provides a description of the water motion (and in some cases the sediment transport and bed evolution) as a function of time and space. Finally, a sound interpretation of the model results against the context of observed dynamics is crucial.
This course is assessed by means of one group assignment (30%) and one written exam (70%)

Additional info:
This course..
  • ..builds on the mathematical foundation created in “Mathematical Physics of Water Systems”
  • the larger-scale and more offshore-oriented counterpart of the fellow course “Short Waves and Coastal Dynamics”
  • ..provides process knowledge required for more specific application in “Morphology”.
Assumed previous knowledge
Mathematical Physics of Water Systems
Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Required materials
on Canvas
Course material
Tides, Waves & Shallow Water Processes, Open University, ISBN-13: 978-0750642811 (via Canvas)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Written examination & (group) assignment

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