Goals and Objectives



  • Students will develop fundamental geospatial skills and concepts needed to assess coastal processes that produce sea level change.
  • Students will be able to explain what sea level is and differentiate the mechanisms that interact to produce changes in sea level over short-term and long-term time periods.
  • Students will characterize trends in sea level over geologic time and conceptualize how changes in sea level can result in various spatial scales of coastline change.
  • Students will use real tidal gauge data from diverse regions to identify recent trends in sea level change and will use these trends and NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer data to formulate projections for future sea level positions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • describe the changes in sea level change in the Earth’s geological history, to gain a perspective of modern sea level rise;
  • distinguish among methods used to determine sea level changes taking place in the past, present, and future;
  • identify factors (intrinsic, extrinsic, and anthropogenic) that contribute to sea level change;
  • discriminate among causes of local, regional, and global sea level change and associated impacts on coastal morphology and human communities;
  • locate and use key datasets and data visualizing tools to analyze sea level dynamics at different temporal scales, and their impact on coastal landforms.

Module 4 Roadmap

Module 4 Roadmap
Assignment Location
To Read

In addition to reading all of the required materials here on the course website, before you begin working through this module, please read the following required readings to make sure you are familiar with the content so you can complete the assignments.

Extra readings are clearly noted throughout the module and can be pursued as your time and interest allows.

Click the title of the reading or video to link to the material on the web.
To Do

Submit Module 4 Lab in Canvas.

Take Module 4 Quiz in Canvas.

Download Stage 2 - Physical System Audit Worksheet in Canvas.


If you have questions, please feel free to post them to the discussion forum for this module in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate. Remember, if you have a question that is more personal in nature, please use the email tool in Canvas.