Goals and Objectives



  • Students will continue to develop the fundamental geospatial skills and concepts needed to assess the coastal processes and hazards discussed in this course.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the relationships between the atmosphere and lithosphere that result in the development of major coastal hazards such as cyclones.
  • Students will consider the geology of tsunamis and their impacts on shorelines.
  • Students will consider current shoreline processes in the context of coastal hazards and past and present evolution of coastline morphology.

Learning Objectives

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

  • describe the atmospheric conditions that are required for the formation of tropical and extra-tropical cyclones;
  • describe the geologic phenomena that lead to the occurrence of  tsunamis;
  • analyze case studies of how coastal systems are impacted by geologic and climatic hazards such as cyclones and tsunamis;
  • investigate geomorphological changes that result from coastal hazards.

Module 5 Roadmap

Module 5 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 build some required background knowledge on sea level rise predictions and future changes in storm intensity.

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

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

  • Module 5 Lab
  • Module 5 Quiz
  • Keep working on Capstone Project Stage 2 (nothing to turn in for this module)

Submit Module 5 Lab in Canvas.

Take Module 5 Quiz 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.