MANAGEMENT, MONITORING AND MODELLING OF ESTUARIES

Introduction to estuarine dynamics, data and survey methods

The purpose of this one-day, thematic hands-on course is to give project engineers, managers and planners of projects located in estuarine environments an introduction to estuarine dynamics, wind generated waves, stratified flow, transport of fine cohesive sediments. Participants will also learn about the interaction between sediment transport, morphological evolution, flora, fauna and water quality.

This includes a discussion of improved survey and monitoring techniques for estuarine environments that are important to integrate into engineers’ and managers’ activities along with state-of-the-art numerical modelling tools.

Sedimentation problems in estuarine harbours are among the challenges that engineers and managers face today. Other issues necessary to deal with are impact assessments of major structures in an estuarine environment, design of artificial lagoons with good water quality and the stability of inlets to estuaries and lagoons on littoral drift coasts.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Estuarine dynamics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Sediment transport
  • Inlet stability
  • Harbour sedimentation
  • Numerical modelling
  • Data requirements for setting up and calibrating the models
  • Relevant parameters for estuarine studies
  • Survey and monitoring
  • Hands-on exercises using the tools to optimise solutions

TARGET GROUP AND PREREQUISITES

Professionals in the fields of estuarine environments and projects such as biologists project engineers, managers and planners. project engineers, managers and planners of estuarine projects.

Preferably, participants should have a general knowledge of estuarine processes and basic knowledge of use of modelling tools.