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Hobart, Launceston



Coastlines and river catchments undergo processes of change, bringing complex management issues. Focus is on sedimentary environments of hill slopes, river channels, beaches and estuaries, including natural hazards such as flooding, landslides and coastal erosion. Vulnerability of different types of coastlines to sea-level rise is explored, using international case studies where serious problems are already occurring. Methods for rehabilitation of slope, river channel and coastal degradation and erosion are incorporated. Training is provided in field and laboratory techniques by which scientists may measure, monitor and manage processes in the physical environment that affect human society.

Summary 2021

Unit name Rivers and Coasts
Unit code KGA326
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Joanna Ellison

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Assess changes in geomorphology, in relation to slope processes, river catchments, and the range of different coastal settings


Apply methods of rehabilitation for slope, river and coastal erosion


Assess the vulnerability of sedimentary landscapes to flooding, land instability, and sea level change


Identify the methodologies by which scientists may measure, monitor and manage processes in the physical environment that affect human society




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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 3 fieldwork days and 3 x 3-hr practicals


AT1 - 2-hr exam (50%)

AT2 - 1500 word Field trip report on the Landslide fieldtrip (10%)

AT3 - 1500 word Field trip report (30%)

AT4 - 500 word Field trip report (10%)

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