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Coastal Geological Investigations

Course Outline

This course is the last one of a series of courses that provide an overview of coastal geology and a discussion of data sources and study methods applicable to coastal geological field studies. The course materials are based entirely on Chapter 5 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810 Coastal Geology, which discusses about sources, analysis and interpretation of coastal information.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to introduce technologies for analyzing the geologic and geomorphic history of coasts. The emphasis is placed on data display and organization and error checking. You are required to study the following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual:

Chapter 5 of Coastal Geology
(Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810, 1995 edition, 92 pages, PDF file).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.

The following contains the outline of Chapter 5 of the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810:

Engineering and Design - Coastal Geology

Chapter 5 - Coastal Geological Investigations

5-1 Introduction
5-2 Sources of Existing Coastal Information
5-3 Field Data Collection and Observation
5-4 Laboratory Techniques and Approaches
5-5 Analysis and Interpretation of Coastal Data
5-6 Summary

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

USGS - Coastal and Marine Geology Program
USGS - Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies: St. Petersburg/Tampa
USGS - Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology
University of New Hampshire Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Home Page

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.