05-BMG-SE3 Sedimentary Processes

Representative Elda Miramontes García

Learning Contents:

Understanding the mechanisms that generate sediment transport and deposition is necessary for predicting and modelling the evolution of sedimentary deposits. This module introduces the laws and equations used to calculate sediment resuspension, transport, deposition and settling velocity. It will also cover the formation of bedforms under different flow regimes, which will be observed in laboratory experiments. The students will apply the acquired theoretical knowledge about sediment processes during a cruise on a coastal reasearch vessel. They will collect, process and interpret the data acquired during the survey and write a report.

Learning Outcomes, Targeted Competencies:

1) Quantify sediment erosion, transport and deposition
2) Understand the formation of bedforms under different flow regimes
3) Acquire and process data for sediment dynamics studies on a research vessel
4) Write scientific reports

Course Type 1: Lecture, Exercise (L+E) 2.0 SWS ( 28.0 h)

Course Type 2: Field Exercise (F) 2.0 SWS ( 28.0 h)

Tutorial(s): -


56.0 h presence time
54.0 h self-study
70.0 h exam workload

180 h total workload

Exam Type:

combination exam


exam elements: 2
SL: 0

50 % written exam
50 % project exercise report


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, 161pp
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, 354pp