Department of Civil Engineering

Coastal Engineering and Coastal Zone Management - CE545

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : CE311

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To provide an in-depth analysis of coastal hydrodynamic and wave processes and to introduce application of engineering principles to solve problems in coastal environment giving due consideration to coastal zone management programme.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Explain wave generation, propagation, forecasting, measurements and wave analysis.
  2. Apply wave theories to analysis coastal hydrodynamic processes.
  3. Analysis coastal processes that need to be considered in coastal engineering design projects, such as coastal protection structures and harbour structures.
  4. Calculate scales for hydraulic modelling and be aware of scale effects.
  5. Describe and plan coastal zone management programme.
Course content/Course description
  1. Coastal environment: Coastal features, tides, wave generation by wind, wave propagation and forecasting, wave measurements, wave analysis
  2. Coastal and estuarine hydraulics: Wave theories, estuarine environment, sediment transport in estuaries
  3. Nearshore coastal processes: Nearshore currents, wave breaking, longshore sediment transport, onshore-offshore sediment transport
  4. Coastal and harbor structures: Coast protection structures, port and harbor structures, hydraulic and structural responses, introduction to physical modeling
  5. Coastal zone management in Sri Lanka: Environmental problems of Sri Lankan coast, coastal hazards, development of coastal zone management program.
Recommended Texts
  1. Sorensen, R, 2005, Basic Coastal Hydraulics, Springer-Verlag, New York.
  2. Wijetunge, JJ 2013, An Introduction to Coastal Engineering – Processes, Theory, Hazards and Design Practice, Colombo, S. Godage Publishers.
  3. Kamphuis, JW 2010, Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management, Singapore, World Scientific.
  4. Dean, RG & Dalrymple, RA 2004, Coastal Processes with Engineering Applications, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 27
Tutorials 02
Practical -
Assignments 02
Assessment Percentage Marks
Tutorials/Quizzes/Assignments 40
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering