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TIDAL AND ECO-MORPHODYNAMICS

CODE 97239
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
CREDITS 5 credits during the 2nd year of 10720 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-35) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/01
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING)
SEMESTER 2° Semester
MODULES This unit is a module of:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will be instructed on the general processes involved in the eco-morphodynamics of tidal environments, gaining useful skills to research and consultancy purposes

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module aims to provide some knowledge about the morphodynamic evolution of tidal basins and estuaries. Estuaries and lagoons are indeed important nature areas in and around which many human activities take place. These features together with the adjacent coasts form a coherent system in terms of water movement, sediment budget and morphology. The knowledge in this area is thus needed for the sustainable management of coastal systems. This involves ensuring safety against flooding, optimal economic use and preservation of the natural character of the systems.

Attendance and active participation in frontal lessons and individual study will allow the student to

- to know in depth the main morphological structures of tidal environments;

- apply the principles of hydrodynamics and morphodynamics to tidal environments;

- solve hydro-morphodynamic problems by solving the governing equations in simplified cases;

- describe the hydro-morphodynamic effects associated with the presence of biofilms and vegetation.

TEACHING METHODS

The module consists of about 50 hours of frontal lectures carried out by the teacher in which the theory will be presented and applied. The students are supposed to acquire the basic concepts of the hydro-morphdynamics of tidal environments and to be able to apply them. A report is required. The students will take advantage of the material made available on the website [e.g. Aulaweb]. 

NOTE: students are enrolled in distance learning 3 hours a week (teams virtual room) and in presence 2 hours a week (room A6) .

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course programme includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics: 

Introduction to tidal environments: estuaries and lagoons

Tides.

Propagation of a tidal wave in an estuary.

Tidal inlets hydrodynamics and stability.

Introduction to estuarine and lagoon morphodynamics.

Eco-hydraulic: Biofilm, vegetation.

Some examples of interaction between vegetation and hydro and morphodynamics processes in tidal environments.

Possible effects related to the sea level rise.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All teaching material will be available on aul@web. In general, notes taken during lessons and material provided on aul@web allow for the preparation of the exam.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARCO ENRICO COLOMBINI (President)

MICHELE BOLLA PITTALUGA (President Substitute)

NICOLETTA TAMBRONI (President Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The module consists of about 50 hours of frontal lectures carried out by the teacher in which the theory will be presented and applied. The students are supposed to acquire the basic concepts of the hydro-morphdynamics of tidal environments and to be able to apply them. A report is required. The students will take advantage of the material made available on the website [e.g. Aulaweb]. 

NOTE: students are enrolled in distance learning 3 hours a week (teams virtual room) and in presence 2 hours a week (room A6) .

LESSONS START

22 February 2021

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

In order to access the exam, the student is required to produce a report containing some applications presented during the course. The exam includes only an oral test which is aimed at ascertaining the degree of knowledge of the topics covered during the lectures. In particular, questions focus on the formulation of the problems addressed in the course, which allow to derive the application tools used in the tutorials. Usually, the students will be asked three questions on relatively large subjects, leaving the details to the following discussion.

 

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will focus primarily on the topics covered during the frontal lessons and will aim to assess not only whether the student has reached an appropriate level of knowledge, but whether he/she has acquired the ability to critically analyze problems that will be asked during the exam. If necessary, the student will be asked to solve simple problems in order to evaluate the his/her skills.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
06/07/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
14/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale