GITAM University Coastal Engineering Syllabus
Mechanics of Wave Motion: Wave fundamentals and classification of waves, small amplitude wave
theory, wave celerity, length, and period, orbital motions, pressure distribution, wave trains and
wave energy, transformation of waves, higher order wave theories, stokes higher order wave
theories, cnoidal wave theory, wave refraction, wave diffraction, wave reflection, wave breaking.
Tides, Storm surges, Tsunamis – Wave Prediction: Wave height variability, energy spectra of
waves, directional spectra of waves, wind information needed for wave prediction, estimating the
Delineating a fetch, forecasts for lakes, bays, and estuaries, significant wave method, wave
spectrum method, forecasting wind waves in shallow water, deep water relation for wave decay,
Littoral Processes: Ocean currents, long shore currents and setup due to ocean waves, sediment
transport in the offshore zone, surf zone, bar-berm prediction and budget of the littoral zone.
Wave runup, over topping and transmission – Wave Forces: Wave forces on cylinders and walls.
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Sorensen, R.M., Basic Coastal Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 1978.
U.S. Army Coastal, Engineering Research Center, Shore protection manual, Vols. I, II and III,