SO422--Nearshore Oceanography

SO422, Nearshore Oceanography, is an elective taught in the Oceanography Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. The course features a field trip to Assateague National Seashore to look at the waves, sand, and beach profiles.

Spring 2009 Course Policy  Objectives   Lectures   Labs   Field Trip    Exam 1 Exam 2  
Fall 2005 Objectives   Lectures   Exam 1 Exam 2 Quizzes
Fall 2001 Syllabus with lesson objectives. Text by Dean and the CEM  The same general principles were taught, but some details varied. Exam 1 Exam 2 Quizzes
Spring 2001 Komar text. Exam 1 Exam 2 Quizzes
Spring 2000 Komar text. Exam 1 Exam 2 Quizzes

Spring 1999 and Fall 1998 used the Komar text.  

Earlier semesters used a text by Carter (1988, Coastal Environments, Academic Press) Objectives with Carter text



Course Objectives:
  1. Study and evaluate, quantifying where possible, oceanographic processes in the region extending from the edge of the continental shelf to the shore.
  2. Describe beaches, shallow water waves, and the interactions of waves and the shore.
  3. Understand the tradeoffs to society in developing the nearshore environment.
  4. Analyze the relationship of nearshore oceanography to shoreline and beach-head problems on the Navy and Marine Corps.
  5. Integrate classroom and laboratory studies with the environment through a field trip to Assateague National Seashore to gather and analyze data.

The following material is available on this web page for students in this course:

  1. Oceanography Department Paper Guidelines (style manual)
  2. Normal probability graph paper

Good nearshore references

Last Update: 1/5/2009