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Cursus: GEO4-4435
Morphodynamics of Tidal Systems
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoondr. M. van der Vegt
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M. van der Vegt
Overige cursussen docent
2  (11-11-2019 t/m 31-01-2020)
TimeslotA: MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 16-09-2019 08:00 t/m 29-09-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 21-10-2019 08:00 t/m 22-10-2019 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After the course, the student:
  • Will understand the basic hydrodynamic and morphodynamic processes caused by tides.
  • Will be able to develop and use models to analyse tidal time series and to predict the hydrodynamics,sediment transport and morphological change in tidal systems.
  • Is able to critically read scientific literature and to position detailed research results in the broader picture of coastal research.
  • Will be able to apply his knowledge in coastal research and consultancy.
  • Will be able to to present and discuss results in written reports and oral presentations.
This course is the second course in a series of three (period 1: River and Delta systems, period 3: Morphodynamics of wave-dominated coasts) . Other courses in the MSc that focus on delta and coastal systems are Coastal Ecology and Managing Future Deltas.
 During this course the dynamics of tidal systems will be studied at all relevant time scales (few hours to millennia) and spatial scales (kilometers to global scale). We will follow the pathway of the tidal wave from its generation in the ocean to the dissipation of tidal energy in the shallowest regions of tidal basins and estuaries. Along its paths, tidal waves induce current that transport sediment and cause morphological change. Main topics of the course are:
  1. Generation of tides by the gravitational interaction of earth, moon and sun.
  2. Tidal dynamics of shallow shelf seas.Hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of shallow tidal basins.
  3. Tides in estuaries: Effect of geometry on tides, river-tide interactions, estuarine dynamics, fine sediment dynamics and morphological change.
  4. Time series analysis of water level and flow velocity data.
  5. Evolution and depositional architecture of tidal systems under sea level rise.
Development of Transferrable Skills
  • Ability to work in a team: During the course the students have to work in couples to do Matlab exercises, write reports and do research.
  • Written communication skills: Students have to deliver four reports and one abstract. You will get feedback on the content.
  • Problem-solving skills: Students have to work on programming exercises (in Matlab) and apply it to analyse data sets or model tidal phenomena.
  • Verbal communication skills: Students have to give an oral presentation on the results of a case study.
  • Analytical/quantitative skills: Students have to analyze data sets,  to apply equations to field cases, and to program Matlab code.
  • Technical skills: Students will have to program in Matlab and will learn to use the codes to study tidal phenomena.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Participating candidates ought to have basic programming skills in MATLAB as learned in River & Delta Systems (GEO4-3346), or another programming language. A basic background in Fluid mechanics and physics is desired.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
A background in MATLAB can be obtained by doing the MATLAB assignments of the River and Deltas Systems course.
Bronnen van zelfstudie
A self-study quick-guide to Matlab will be made available to students without previous programming knowledge. The student is expected to carry out this self-study prior to the start of the course. More info can be obtained by sending an e-mail to
Verplicht materiaal
Wordt nader bekendgemaakt
During the course students will have to download and read scientific papers and book chapters. These are all freely available for UU students. A detailed literature list will be made available at the start of the course.
Computer practicals

Lacquer peel practical



Minimum cijfer-

During the course students will have to write reports on the computer practicals and laquer peel practical, and to prepare a presentation on a special topic related to tidal dynamics. The course will end with a written exam. See course guide for more details.

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Synthetiseren en structureren van informatie
Gebruiken van informatie- en communicatietechnologie ('computer literacy')
Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband
Planmatig werken
Kennis hanteren in een bredere context
Numerieke vaardigheden
Materiaal / data analyseren en verwerken
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling
Beheersen van methoden en technieken

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