Steps in completing morphodynamic shoreline studies

This modular, instructor led, online course gives you a sound understanding of the steps that are required for you to undertake and complete a successful morphodynamic coastal study. The course focusses on which field measurements are required and how to integrate the data into a sound understanding of the physical processes using DHI’s state of the art numerical modelling tools. We shall discuss the definition and selection of numerical tools so that you can plan and mitigate problematic developments in the most successful way.

The coastal zone is under increased pressure owing to the combined effect of urbanisation of the coastal zone and increased water levels due to sea level rise from climate change or subsidence.

To make the right decisions you must, as a coastal planner, be thoroughly informed about the physical processes that impact your coastline. This course will provide you with the necessary physical and numerical understanding and knowledge to address these issues in a sustainable way.


  • Module 1 - Coastal zone processes and infrastructure 
    Keywords: longshore sediment transport processes, cross-shore sediment transport processes, acute and chronic erosion problems, types of projects in the coastal zone)
  • Module 2 - Field measurements and remote sensing
    Keywords: useful field measurements, obtaining and analysing field measurements,  understanding coastal evolution alongshore and cross-shore
  • Module 3 - Numerical modelling tools
    Keywords: overview of DHI’s state of the art numerical modelling tools,  from field measurements to process understanding using numerical models,  use of advanced morphological models
  • Module 4 - Decision making
    adequate terms of reference for coastal studies, what to expect and demand from coastal models, handling uncertainty in predictions

All modules will include case studies from DHI’s  coastal projects around the world. 


Professionals in the fields of coastal consulting, master planning, and coastal administration active in the areas of planning of coastal development schemes and shoreline management.  It is preferable, but no condition, that participants have a background in sediment transport investigations and a good understanding of the coastal processes and numerical modelling.

Upcoming Courses

13-14 Nov
2 days
MORPHODYNAMIC SHORELINE MODELLING This two-day course gives you a good understanding of the capabilities of MIKE 21 FM Shoreline Morphology (MIKE 21 FM SM). The aim is to enable you to set up and use the shoreline model in complex coastal projects. France