12.717 Coastal Geomorphology
Explores mechanisms behind the formation and reshaping of coastal environments. Focuses on a process-based understanding of both the fluid dynamic and sediment transport aspects of coastal landforms, and, especially, the importance of feedbacks between the two. Investigates coastal evolution at various scales - from ripples to coastline formation - with an emphasis on the behavior of coastal environments over integrated timescales of days and years to centuries and millennia. Students investigate the effect of storms, sea-level rise, and interactions with biological and anthropogenic influences. Covers a broad array of coastal environments, including beaches, barrier islands, spits, inlets, tidal flats, deltas, rocky coasts, arctic shores, and carbonate atolls.
This class has no prerequisites.
12.717 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by A. Ashton.
Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 54-823.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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