After the WDCD course, the students are able to:
- describe and apply linear wave theory,
- explain and compute nearshore wave transformation and wave-driven currents,
- describe and compute wave- and current-driven sand transport, and to explain related morphodynamic processes,
- explain and apply coastline models and the Bruun rule to compute shoreline evolution,
- describe engineering morphological models, including assumptions and (dis)advantages.
The first part of WDCD is an introduction to and a largely non-mathematical treatment of the physical processes which control wave movement and sediment transport in the nearshore environment. This is based on the Open University book Waves, Tides and Shallow-Water Processes. In particular, the parts that deal with waves, sediment transport and beaches. The students are expected to master this part mainly by self-study.|
The second part is a quantitative description and modeling of nearshore (short) waves, wave-driven currents, sediment transport and morphology. These topics correspond to 5 syllabus chapters, and are treated in 5 lectures and accompanying tutorials. Finally, morphological models and their application in coastal engineering practice are discussed in a separate (guest) lecture.
Parallel to these parts WDCD contains a group assignment (2-3 students) that concerns a practical application of the knowledge.
Is knowledge of programming skills necessary for this course? Please specify the skills / knowledge of which programme(s) is / are needed.
Relatively basic programming skills in Excel, Matlab, Python or a similar software are required to do the analysis and plotting to complete the group assignment.
Assignment (25%) and Written exam (75%). It is required to have at least a grade 5.0 for each element to complete the WDCD course.