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Cursus: 202100124
Wave-Dominated Coastal Dynamics
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
VoertaalEngels J.J. van der Werf
Contactpersoon van de cursus J.J. van der Werf
Examinator J.J. van der Werf
AanmeldingsprocedureZelf aanmelden via OSIRIS Student
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
After the WDCD course, the students are able to:
  1. describe and apply linear wave theory,
  2. explain and compute nearshore wave transformation and wave-driven currents,
  3. describe and compute wave- and current-driven sand transport, and to explain related morphodynamic processes,
  4. explain and apply coastline models and the Bruun rule to compute shoreline evolution,
  5. 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.
Fluid Mechanics.
Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Verplicht materiaal
Course material
Syllabus Coastal Dynamics (provided via Canvas)
Course material
Waves, Tides and Shallow water Processes (Open University book, provided via Canvas)).
Aanbevolen materiaal
Group assignment


Self study with assistance


Assignment and Written exam

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