After this course, the student is able to:
- quantitatively describe wind wave dynamics (short waves) and wave driven currents;
- compute wave and current driven sediment transport from laws of sediment transport, and to explain related morphodynamic processes;
- describe bed patterns, to explain and describe the related morphodynamic processes;
- to know about the hydro- and morphodynamic models used in practice, and to discuss their properties, advantages and disadvantages.
This course focuses on a quantitative description of marine processes in the coastal environment. The topics in this course cover tides, waves, sediment transport and coastal morphology. The objectives are to be able to both qualitatively and quantitatively describe and explain hydrodynamic and morphodynamic phenomena in the coastal environment (and to know how these topics are dealt with in a more practical engineering environment).|
These topics are treated from a process-based perspective, i.e. based on a quantitative description on the basis of (partial) differential equations. 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 results against the context of observed dynamics is crucial.
The second part of the course aim, i.e. knowing how the topics are dealt with in a practical engineering consultancy environment, is covered by one guest lectures. Particular attention will be paid to the numerical hydrodynamic and morphodynamic models commonly used in engineering practice. The course is examined by means of group assignment and an oral exam at the end of the course.