Fluvial Basins and Coastal Systems
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado
The student must have academic knowledge in the area of Geosciences given by attendance, with approval, in curricular units of the 1st cycle in Geology or of 1st cycles from the Geosciences areas and he/she must understand the Portuguese language.
Presentation of themes using the expositive methodology in the classroom, laboratory activities at the Earth Sciences Department-FCTUC and field work. Bibliographic research. Tutorial follow-up of the works performed by the student.
The objectives of this curricular unit are: 1) to increase and develop student’s knowledge about the processes operating in fluvial and coastal systems, but also the mechanisms that control their natural evolution or induced by human activities; 2) to develop capacities in acquisition, systematization, interrelation, treatment, interpretation and presentation data concerning fluvial and coastal systems.
1. Fluvial systems
Drainage Basins and equilibrium longitudinal profile
Classifications and external controls
2. Fluvial processes
Hydric regime and sedimentary transport
3. Planning and Management of drainage basins
Management of natural resources
4. Marine processes
Waves, tides and currents
Coriolis and Ekman effects
Ecology and bioproductivity
5. Estuaries. Lagoons and deltas
Tides and tidal prism
6. Beaches, aeolian dunes and rocky coasts
Morphosedimentary elements of a beach
Reflective and dissipative beach transverse profiles
Longitudinal beach profile and reflux currents
Littoral drift and sedimentary budget
Evolution of rocky shores
7. Planning and Management of coastal zones
Human impacts in the coastal zone
Coastal susceptibility and hazards
Pedro Manuel Rodrigues Roque Proença Cunha
Mário de Oliveira Quinta Ferreira
Laboratory work or Field work: 30.0%
Pinet, P. (2003) Invitation to Oceanography. 3rd Ed., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 556p.
Thorne, C.R., Hey, R.D. & Newson, M.D. (1997) Applied fluvial geomorphology for river engineering and management. John Wiley & Sons, 376p.