Coastal and Marine Engineering and Managment - CoMEM

Programme content Track 5

Track 5 - Engineering and Environment (UPC)

Learning objectives Track 5

Track 5 of CoMEM follows the engineering and environment ("working with nature") approach right from the beginning. It has been designed so students achieve a specialization by combining engineering projects fundamentals (NTNU and UPC) with environmental and managerial skills (SOTON). The mechanical concepts for the marine environment and coastal structures design introduced at NTNU are the basis for the advanced education and training at UPC in coastal dynamics and the implications these have for a) coastal protection and b) coastal management.  SOTON adds more advanced morphodynamical concepts and the multiplicity of time and space scales that are required for coastal zone management. The diverse social, economic and technical environments from three different European countries are a separate objective. From Barcelona; the Latin administrative type of settings for a microtidal environment with moderate energy in the marine factors. From Southampton the Anglo Saxon administrative settings for a mesotidal environment with higher energetic driving terms. Finally from Norway; the Scandinavian type of administrative settings and a contrasting set of environments that go from exposed coasts to fiords. The required mobility will play a key role in this multidimensional education of the student and will allow a natural enrichment of their capacity to define and solve coastal problems.

The main objectives of the track Engineering and Environment are:

  • Coastal dynamic processes and responses in microtidal environments, subject to sharp gradients (impulsive storm events, irregular topo-bathymetry, …).
  • Time series analysis for characterizing drivers and responses at short, mid and long time scales (including extremes).
  • Multi scale analysis for water and sediment fluxes, going from turbulence to debris flows and including waves, currents and long period oscillations (illustrated by Mediterranean case studies).
  • Risk, vulnerability and hazard analyses including the decadal (climatic) scale, discussing impacts, conflicts and risks.
  • Engineering and environmental impact/mitigation for external harbours typical of a relatively straight coast (illustrated by Mediterranean case studies).
  • Engineering and environmental impact/mitigation for open and pocket beaches in a context of sediment scarcity (illustrated by Mediterranean case studies).

General knowledge
The engineering graduate has knowledge of and insight into:

  • Numerical models from the fields of coastal engineering and oceanography.
  • Physical models for coastal processes, structures and their interactions.
  • Field campaigns to evaluate models, equations and behaviour of structure in the coastal environment.
  • Integration of physical drivers, morphodynamic response and perceived impact to assess coastal vulnerability within a sustainability framework.
  • Cooperation with administrations and private companies to apply the new skills into actual coastal problem solving and planning cases.

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