Coastal and Marine Engineering and Managment - CoMEM

Programme content Track 3

Track 3  - Environment and Management (SOTON)

Learning objectives Track 3

The Environment and Management track provides master students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in coastal engineering consultancy with an emphasis on the environmental management dimensions, or to continue to PhD studies in this area. Track 3 provides the students with the foundation knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine engineering and management and  more detailed understanding in coastal morphodynamics, coastal sediment dynamics, marine renewable energy, the application of GIS technology, and environmental risk assessment. Students from the Environment and Management track should acquire competences in soft coastal engineering and management related to Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Management in general.

This Track emphasises environmental and management issues: academics from both Civil Engineering and Oceanography contribute. The topics included include coastal morphodynamics, erosion, flooding and soft engineering, maritime engineering and marine renewables, environmental impact assessment and the use of GIS for coastal analysis: all these topics are available for theses, and placements are encouraged with industry such as HR Wallingford. Following this track, you will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively and make sound judgements within the field of Coastal Engineering and Environmental Management.

The programmes at NTNU, UPC and SOTON are complimentary and allow a progression from the solid foundation in coastal engineering towards an emphasis on soft solutions and methods. This builds on SOTON's specialisation in soft engineering, shoreline management planning and preparing for sea-level rise and climate change in coastal areas. It includes applying important methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and  Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) related to the management of beaches, cliffs, and estuaries, as well as port and coastal studies, coastal protection systems and implementation of adaptation measures.

The graduate from the Environment and Management track should obtain a wide range of skills including:

  • Understand the fundamental issues and methods which underpin environmental management and its consideration  in coastal engineering.
  • Apply these methods, including representative numerical models to analyse representative coastal situations and problems.
  • Develop appraisal skills relevant to develop high level outputs which summarise these analyses, including proposing solutions.
  • Evaluate the important and relevant features of coastal morphodynamics and its application to soft coastal engineering.
  • Understand the range of management responses available to coastal engineers, including soft and hard protection, accommodation and retreat strategic options, and examples thereof.

General competence
Upon completing Track 3, the graduate should have acquired competence in the following areas:

  • Understand the Environmental Management dimensions of coastal engineering and its application in a European context.
  • Understand the full range of adaptation measures available for managing coastal areas, including retreat, accommodate and protect options.
  • Understand the potential application of marine renewable energy, including its environmental dimensions.
  • Be able to evaluate appropriate management responses for coastal problems taking account of multiple issues and integrating diverse data using techniques such as GIS and Environmental Risk Assessment.
  • Understand innovative techniques such as shoreline management planning and selecting strategic long-term options in coastal engineering.

List of Compulsory and Optional Courses are posted in the Study Guide (See the For students tab)