Scheda insegnamento


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Istruzione di qualità Uguaglianza di genere Città e comunità sostenibili La vita sott'acqua

Anno Accademico 2019/2020

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course focuses on sustainable nature based solutions for beach protection and recovery in the presence of climate change. Students will be introduced to processes that characterize the evolution of the coastal environment and beaches, by considering future climate scenarios and environmental impact assessment. Dune mainteinance and recovery, management of freshwater in coastal areas in the presence of salt intrusion and sea level rise, and ecology of beaches will be the main focuses.


The teacher will adopt an innovative approach to learning, which makes extensive use of interaction with students. Accordingly, students will be given the optional opportunity of delivering presentations to the class and the public, developing software, preparing open source contributions to be published on the web, substitute the final assessment of learning with a continuous time and interactive verification. The educational approach adopted by the teacher takes the technical application as the central thread of the lectures. An intensive interaction with the students will be established through web based discussions (see also https://www.albertomontanari.it/?q=node/155 and https://www.albertomontanari.it/?q=node/60. An example of tutorial is given at https://www.albertomontanari.it/?q=node/130).

The lectures include: (1) Introduction to coastal engineering and coastal morphology; (2) Coastal hydrodynamics and coastal morphodynamics; (3) Observation of sea environment; (4) Salt water intrusion; (5) Climate change impact and mitigation.

Computer based exercises will be developed which will focus on technical applications.


The teacher will prepare dynamic documents to support the learning process, which will be made available in the form of open web pages, which will be open to interactive contribution by students (see https://www.albertomontanari.it/?q=node/130).

Metodi didattici

Students should preliminarily possess knowledge of ocean engineering and in particular wave theory. It is therefore recommended that students in Earth Resources Engineering include in their study plan the elective course in Ocean Engineering (Prof. Archetti).

The course is taught through lectures. Part of them are dedicated to the solution of practical exercises, that are developed at the computer.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

If the student opts for the traditional assessment of learning, the preparation of the student will be assessed through an oral colloquium whose duration is about 30 minutes. The student may present at the exam a brief report of the exercises that were developed during the course. Students are asked to reply to 3-4 questions focusing on the topics that were treated during the lectures. Students may be asked to solve a short exercise. The exam is passed if the student proves to be prepared on the theoretical principles and analytical derivations that were taught during the lectures. The teacher will explicitly mention to students during the lectures what are the basic questions that one needs to rigorously address in order to pass the exam. The speaking capability will also be evaluated but it is not a cause of failure. The laude is reserved to students who are excellently prepared and prove to have integrated their preparation with personal in-depth analysis.

If the student opts for the continuous assessment of learning, teacher will propose to student activities with interaction among students and the professor. These activities will be continuously evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the final exam will be shorter and the overall mark will take into account the student's performances in the interacting activities. If the evaluation of the interactive activities is not satisfactory the student will be allowed to take the final exam according to the traditional assessment.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

The teachers will made available notes on the web. Scientific papers will be distributed during the lectures as well as summaries of recent research outcomes. Moreover, the teachers make available videos of the lectures at http://www.youtube.com/user/albertomontanari/videos?view=1.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Alberto Montanari

Consulta il sito web di Armando Brath