Fluvial and Coastal Engineering

Academic year
Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

General Hydraulics I, General Hydraulics II, Numerical Methods, Hydrology and Water Resources

Teaching Methods

Detailed theoretical exposition of the contents, followed by demonstration and application, preferably (if possible) in laboratory, or accompanying case studies.

Learning Outcomes

This discipline intendeds to address issues of inter- and multidisciplinary, providing systematic and comprehensive information and suggesting the use of several useful tools for the study of potential events and interventions in river and coastal areas. Accordingly, bearing in mind the context in which this discipline is inserted, namely that of being a discipline of 2nd cycle, the following objectives are highlighted: i) to deepen the theoretical knowledge, whose foundations were acquired in previous disciplines, ii) contribute to solve practical dysfunctions of natural or anthropogenic origin, and iii) sensitize students to:

- installation and maintenance of effective systems of river regularization and flood protection;

- the need for regular and effective monitoring of morphodynamic processes and of key parameters of water quality;

- importance of installing surveillance, monitoring and alerting;

- the need of analyze and control the main agents unbalancing of the shoreline.

Work Placement(s)



. The river system

Watershed characterization, characterization and dynamics of the watercourse; gradually varying flows.

2. Littoral dynamics

Ocean currents; wave generation; transport processes and fluxes between the continental shelf and the deep ocean; pollution sources: outfalls and oil spills; tides.

3. Coastal circulation

Linear wave theory; sea state properties and wave climate; wave reflexion, refraction, diffraction, shoaling and breaking; surf-zone currents.

4. Fluvial and coastal morphodynamics

Coastal processes; cross-shore profiles; alongshore transport; coastline evolution; coastal morphology; physical and numerical modelling.

5. Modelling of water quality

Parameters and water quality processes, analytical model of Streeter-Phelps, simplified model for deep lakes and reservoirs; intrusion; estuarine eutrophication; numerical modelling.

6. Fluvial and coastal structures

Types and functions of structures; design and construction aspects; sensitive zones of the Portuguese coast.


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oPEN university course team, The Open University (2001). Waves, Tides and Shallow-water processes.

Reeve, D., Chadwick, A. & Fleming, C. (2004). Coastal Engineering: processes, theory and design practice. Spon Press, London (ISBN: 0-415-26841-9).

USACE (1992). Engineering and design – Coastal Littoral Transport. Engineer Manual No. 1110-2-1502, Washington.

USACE - WES (2004). CEM - Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM 2.01 PE), Very-Tech. Inc.