Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society

Goals and Objectives


Goals and Objectives


Students will be introduced to ideas of managed retreat and relocation of communities in coastal environments due to repeated impacts from coastal hazards; they will consider the idea of multi-layered defenses and continue to examine the rebuild versus retreat debate.

Learning Objectives

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

  • investigate alternative methods for non-structural shoreline hazard mitigation, including managed retreat and multi-layered defenses;
  • explore the pros and cons, including cost-benefits of managed retreat case studies and consider examples of communities facing retreat as an option and the factors leading to these decisions;
  • analyze hypothetical storm surge impacts on communities on the Louisiana coast using Google Earth and online tools.

Module 9 Roadmap

-- Assignment
Module 9 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 9 Lab.
  • Take the Module 9 Quiz.


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