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This course explores the processes that form and change coastal environments in New Zealand, the Pacific and worldwide. Topics examined include a selection of: sea level change today and into the future, waves and currents, the role of sediments in how beaches work to protect land and interact with oceans, plus sessions focussed on the wonders and practical realities of wetlands, tropical reefs, and human interactions with coastal environments. You will gain an understanding of models of the coastal zone, as well as an experience of field methods and laboratory techniques used in coastal investigations. The course was developed based on direct industry feedback and involvement. There is also an optional one-day field-trip, where there is an opportunity to put your learnings into practice and measure waves, currents and beach profiles, and to collect sediment and ecological data for analysis in labs, all using up-to-date professional techniques.
30 points of 200-level Geography, including GEOG201, or in special cases with approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
2019 Course Handout Word Document (see learn for most recent version)
Domestic fee $850.00
International fee $4,000.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.