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Coastal Landforms and Management (GEOG90024)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOG90024
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This subject provides a detailed understanding about the dynamics of coastal landforms, the processes driving change and the impact on human occupation of the coastal zone. The coast is one of the most intensively utilised landscapes worldwide and Australia is no exception. Population densities and development pressures are all rapidly rising providing ever increasing stress on the landscape. Intense human development is however a relatively recent phenomena. Coastal landforms operate over much longer timescales than people. Beaches and dunes have natural cycles of erosion and deposition of decadal to centennial scales while cliffs may have a history of several thousand years. It is therefore impossible to successfully manage, or simply enjoy this environment without knowledge of how it evolved and operates. During this course we will explore the operation and management of the key landforms found at the shore.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students will have a sound understanding of:

  • Coastal processes and functions
  • Relationship between management & landform evolution
  • Practical skills in the development of coastal management assessments from a physical geography perspective

Generic skills

  • design, conduct and report on original research based on field and/or laboratory investigation;
  • work effectively in projects which require team-work;
  • articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;

Last updated: 3 April 2019