This course is one of a series of courses that provide an overview of coastal geology and a discussion of data sources and study methods applicable to coastal geological field studies. The course materials are based entirely on Chapter 4 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810 Coastal Geology, which discusses morphodynamics of deltas, inlets, sandy shorefaces, and cohesive shorefaces.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
purpose of this course is to introduce the coastal classification of Francis
Shepard (1973), and to describe specific coastal environments found around the
United States following Shepard’s outline. You are required to study the following
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual:
Chapter 4 of Coastal Geology (Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810, 1995 edition, 60 pages, PDF file).
Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.
The following contains the outline of Chapter 4 of the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810:
Chapter 4 - Coastal Morphodynamics
4-2 Introduction to Bed Forms
4-3 Deltaic Processes
4-4 Inlet Processes and Dynamics
4-5 Morphodynamics and Shoreface Processes of Clastic Sediment Shores
4-6 Cohesive Shore Processes and Dynamics
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
- Coastal and Marine Geology Program
USGS - Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies: St. Petersburg/Tampa
USGS - Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology
University of New Hampshire Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Home Page
Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.