Coastal Environments (Sci366)

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  Course Outline & Schedule - Fall 2013

Professors Dan McNally and Gaytha Langlois



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Week
Topic
(click on topic to see lecture notes)
Readings
(see Resources for details)
 1
Introduction to Coastal Oceanography
     Coastal Use Patterns - Langlois

     Diversity of Coasts - Different Types - McNally

(click on topic to see lecture notes)
Davis, Chap. 1
Beatley, et al., Chap. 1 (pp. 1-12);
     Chap. 2 (pp. 17-29 and 46-51);
      Chap. 3 (pp. 53-90)
2

Diversity of Coastal Habitats - Langlois

Tools to Study Coastal Processes - Langlois

     GIS Techniques - Langlois

     Field Sampling Techniques - Langlois

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Beatley, et al., Chap. 2 (pp. 46-52)
Bertness, Chap. 2

Handouts - GIS Techniques 

3

Oceanographic Principles

     Plate Tectonics - McNally

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 2
Beatley, et al., Chap. 2 (pp. 13-16)
Bertness, Chap. 1

4

How Coasts are Formed - Processes That Change the Coast - McNally

Changing Sea Levels - McNally

Climate Change and Sea Level - McNally

Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Ecology - Langlois

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 3
Beatley, et al., Chap. 2 (pp. 30-44)


 

5

Coastal Ecology - Trophic Dynamics
     Coastal Food Webs - Langlois

     Biogeochemical Cycles - Langlois

     Energy Processes - Photosynthesis & Respiration - Langlois    

(click on topic to see lecture notes)
Beatley, et al., Chap. 2 (pp. 46-52)
Bertness, Chap. 2,3,4

 
 
 
 
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EXAM I (Thursday, October 3, 2013)  
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Coastal Habitats - Estuaries and Bays
    Estuaries and Bays - Physical Geology - McNally

    Estuarine Community Structure - Langlois

    Estuarine Communties - Langlois
        Salt Marshes
        Salt Ponds (Coastal Lagoons)
        Mangrove Swamps
        Seagrass Communities

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 4
Bertness, Chap. 6,7
Problem 1 Due - Thursday



 
 
 


  

7

Coastal Habitats - Rivers and Coasts - Barriers - McNally
Deltas

Drowning of Deltas

Sedimentation Processes

Tides

Coastal Barriers (Beaches, Barrier Islands, Dune Systems)

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 5, 6

 

 

 


 

8-9

Coastal Habitats - Rocky Coasts - McNally

    Rock Pools - Unique Habitats - Langlois

    Adaptive Processes for Animals - Langlois
    Coral Reef Biodiversity - Langlois

     Narragansett Bay Characteristics - Langlois

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 7
Bertness, Chap. 5
Shumway (reading TBA)

Problem 2 Due - Tuesday
 
 
 

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EXAM II (Thursday, October 31, 2013)
 
10-11

Management of Coastal Resources - Applications
     Fisheries and Water Quality - Langlois
     Mariculture Possibilities
     Land Use and Coastal Sustainability
     Sewage Treatment Alternatives and Runoff Management

Ocean Dumping - McNally

Regulations on Ocean Dumping - McNally

Harbor Management Issues - Dredging - McNally

Oil Spills & Intervention Techniques - McNally

Oil Pollution Research - Langlois and McNally - Lab Demo

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Beatley, et al., Chap. 4,5

Other Readings TBA

Field Trip Reports Due - Thursday
 
 
 
  




     



12

Legal Framework for Coastal Management - Langlois
International Agreements

Federal CZM Program
Coastal Management in New England
Coastal Barrier Protection Act
Local Zoning Techniques for Coastal Protection

Pollution Abatement Programs - Langlois

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Beatley, et al., Chap. 5,6,7,8
Website Project Draft Website Due




13-14
Commercial Opportunities - McNally and Langlois
     Recreation Uses
     Mining & Mineral Extraction
     Harbor & Marina Development
     Transportation - Shipping and Tranport
     Marine-Related Industries
     Energy Production (Gaytha)


(click on topic to see lecture notes)
Beatley, et al., Chap. 9,10
Web Site Due - Ready for Posting
 
 
 
   
 
 
  
15
Team Web Page Presentations
(click on topic to see lecture notes)
15
FINAL EXAM (As scheduled)

 
 

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Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D., 2002
Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917
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Last Updated: August 2013