Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Module 3: Coastal Systems: Landscapes and Processes

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Module 3: Coastal Systems: Landscapes and Processes

Introduction

What types of sub environments exist across various coastal zones?

In Module 2, you were introduced to the variety of coastal landscapes that exist on a global basis and developed an understanding of how large-scale plate tectonics exert an influence on the characteristics of coastal zones. You also learned that an array of other factors, such as sediment supply, climate, and hydrographic regime strongly affect how an individual coastal zone develops and evolves. In this module, the focus will be on developing an understanding of the many different types of specific coastal environments that can be present within a coastal zone as well as the different types of processes that are active in these environments.