Sea Level Rise and Coastal Engineering

Spring 2020
Alex Robel
EAS 4803
EAS 8803
CEE 8803

This course will cover a survey of the modern science of sea level rise and engineering adaptation to ongoing sea level rise. In the first half of the course, students will learn about the Earth system processes which drive sea level rise in Earth’s past and in recent years, and how these processes may change in the future. Students will do a data-driven project exploring historical records of sea level change and variability at individual locations, including a deep dive into the local factors which have driven changes in local sea level. The latter half of the course will focus on coastal engineering, and case studies of interventions that have taken place or are currently being planned to address sea level rise. This will include guest lectures from city planners, engineers and community leaders in coastal communities that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise.

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