Basic Concepts of Sediment Dynamics

Veranstalter: Morten Iversen, Elda Miramontes García


This course introduces the laws and equations used to calculate sediment resuspension, transport, deposition and settling velocity. The hydrodynamic processes (specifically waves and wave-related currents, tidal and river currents) that control sediment transport and the resulting sedimentary systems in coastal areas are presented during the lectures. The course also covers the formation of bedforms under different flow regimes, which will be observed in laboratory experiments.


-Quantify sediment entrainment, transport and deposition
-Understand the formation of bedforms under different flow regimes
-Understand the factors and processes controlling sedimentation and settling of particles in the water column.


The mark of the exam will represent 50 % of the total module mark.




1) van Rijn, L.C., 1993. Principles of sediment transport in rivers, estuaries and coastal seas. Aqua Publications: Amsterdam, 715 pp.
2) Open University, 1999. Waves, tides, and shallow-water processes, 2nd edition. Pergamon Press, in association with the Open University, Milton Keynes, England in Oxford, New York, 161 pp.
3) Allen, P.A. 1997. Earth Surface Processes. Blackwell Science (Oxford), 404 pp.
4) Masselink and Hughes, 2003. Introduction to coastal processes and geomorphology. Arnold, Hodder Headline Group London, 354 pp.


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