Coastal Environments (Sci366)

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  Course Outline & Schedule - Fall 2014

Professor Gaytha Langlois



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

     Diversity of Coasts - Different Types

(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

Tools to Study Coastal Processes -

     GIS Techniques -

     Field Sampling Techniques -

(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

(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 of Change

Changing Sea Levels

Climate Change and Sea Level

Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Ecology

(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

     Biogeochemical Cycles

     Energy Processes - Photosynthesis & Respiration     

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

 
 
 
 
5
EXAM I (Thursday, October 2, 2014)  
6
Coastal Habitats - Estuaries and Bays
    Estuaries and Bays - Physical Geology

    Estuarine Community Structure

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

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Davis, Chap. 4
Bertness, Chap. 6,7

Team Activity Due - Dropbox Photo Analysis - Possible Remedies



 
 
 


  

7

Coastal Habitats - Rivers and Coasts - Barriers
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

Problem 1 Due - Thursday

 

 


 

8-9

Coastal Habitats - Rocky Coasts

    Rock Pools - Unique Habitats

    Adaptive Processes for Animals
    Coral Reef Biodiversity

     Narragansett Bay Characteristics

(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
     Mariculture Possibilities
     Land Use and Coastal Sustainability
     Sewage Treatment Alternatives and Runoff Management

Ocean Dumping

Regulations on Ocean Dumping

Harbor Management Issues - Dredging

Oil Spills & Intervention Techniques

Oil Pollution Research - Lab Demo

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

Beatley, et al., Chap. 4,5

Other Readings TBA

Field Trip Reports Due - Thursday
 
 
 
  




     



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Legal Framework for Coastal Management
International Agreements

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

Pollution Abatement Programs

(click on topic to see lecture notes)

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




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


(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
e-mail: langlois@bryant.edu
Last Updated: September 2014