ULC Course Description

Basics of Coastal Processes for Engineers and Planners
Control Number: 11
Course Number: 35CEN01A
CEUs: 2.8     PDHs: 28.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course provides a formal introduction to the technical and management issues important to coastal studies and projects. The course addresses the foundation areas for effectively understanding and working on projects in the coastal zone and is divided into five areas addressing physical setting/location (geology and geomorphology), forcing factors (weather, tides, waves, storm surge), coastal processes (hydrodynamics and sediment transport), coastal problems and solutions, and special planning considerations (sea-level change, regional sediment management, dredging, etc.) The problems, the approach to addressing the problems, and the solutions presented in the class are particularly applicable to the Corps of Engineers' planning and environmental management missions but would be useful to project managers, planners, engineers, scientists, regulatory specialists, attorneys, and members of public stakeholder groups involved with studies and projects in the coastal zone.

Major topics to be covered include: coastal geology and geomorphology, hydrodynamics, littoral sediment transport processes, sediment budgets, coastal problem identification and analysis of alternative solutions, impact prediction and monitoring, coastal data collection, and the basic issues of coastal project planning and design. Unique coastal settings (including lake shores), regional management, stewardship and mitigative practices will be emphasized. The mission and authorities of the Corps of Engineers, particularly as they relate to other Federal agencies and state coastal zone management, will be explored. Attendees will be introduced to the "Coastal Engineering Manual" (CEM) as a basic reference, as well as journal publications and other publications useful for a better understanding of coastal zone issues. Common computer tools used in coastal engineering will be described but will not be taught as part of this course. Issues and principles will be illustrated through the instructors' examples, case studies, and a field trip to select sites on the North Carolina Outer Banks. The training site is the USACE Coastal Field Research Facility (FRF), and elements of the course are designed to take advantage of this venue.

Nominees should be assigned as engineers, geologists, physical scientists, environmentalists, biologists, planners, project managers, regulatory specialists, or attorneys who have review, planning, or design responsibilities for coastal shore protection, navigation, and environmental projects. Grade: GS-07 or above.


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SessionLocationStart DateEnd DateSeats Open
1Duck, NC4/25/20224/29/20220
2Duck, NC5/2/20225/6/20220
3Duck, NC5/16/20225/20/20220