Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Goals and Objectives


Goals and Objectives


  • Students will develop an understanding of the mechanics of coastal erosion, and develop the fundamental geospatial and quantitative skills and concepts needed to assess coastal erosion rates.
  • Students will learn about various classical coastal engineering methods for mitigating coastal hazard risks and be introduced to new alternate options for mitigating coastal hazard risks.

Learning Objectives

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

  • examine the mechanics of the erosion process through the concept of a sediment budget in a coastal cell;
  • observe erosion along a coastline from sequential Google Earth images;
  • describe and critique a variety of methods used to mitigate coastal erosion;
  • explain and contrast innovative approaches to coastal hazard mitigation and describe some alternatives and where they are used presently;
  • differentiate between soft versus hard mitigation strategies and state advantages and disadvantages associated with each.

Module 8 Roadmap

-- Assignment
Module 8 Roadmap
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 allow.

To Do
  • Complete Module 8 Lab.
  • Take the Module 8 Quiz.
  • Begin work on Capstone Project Stage 3.


If you have any questions, please use the Canvas email tool to contact the instructor.