A coastal region is an interface zone between the sea and the continent. Since it is subject to complex natural phenomena (waves, tides, currents, sediment transport, etc.), the human intervention in this kind of environment should be done very cautiously and based on strong knowledge of these phenomena. As the traditional Civil Engineering does not deal with this kind of subject, it was necessary to suit and complement the education of such Engineers to work in the coastal zone with the inclusion of specific courses. This is the proposal of the Coastal and Port Civil Engineering.
In addition to the ordinary areas of Civil Engineering (building construction, structural projects, geotechnics, hydraulics and sanitation, etc.), a Coastal and Port Engineer is able to work in the following areas: studies of coastal processes, coastal protection constructions, port operations and constructions, port and coastal structures and sea hydraulics.
Coastal and Port Civil Engineers are professionals with knowledge in physics and mathematics inherent to Civil Engineer. Also, they have a deep knowledge on waves, tides, sea currents, dynamics of sediments in the estuary and coastal zone, on the peculiarities of constructions in the sea environment, ports and systems of waterborne transport, and also some knowledge on the instrumentalization applied to measurement of data and ability to analyze and interpret information.
Length: 10 semesters
Schedule: full time