Postgraduate Courses

Maritime Hydrodynamics



  • Introduction to sea waves
  • Wind wave generation mechanisms
  • Overview of shallow waves and shallow transformations: Refraction due to current, diffraction, reflection
  • Long waves
  • Nonlinear waves: Higher order Stokes waves, finite height waves in shallow water, Boussinesq approximation
  • Interaction of waves – currents
  • Gentle slope equation
  • Wave breaking, phenomena in the breaking zone
  • Spectral description of waves, energy balance and physical mechanisms of changes
  • Surge prediction, statistical characteristics and design parameters

Students’ evaluation

The final grade consists of 80% of the final exam and 20% of the exercises.


Coastal Environment



(a) Geological history of coasts and coastal zone.

  • Coastal classification and morphology.
  • Erosion and deposition landforms and modes of formation.
  • Sediments: classification, composition, textural maturity, orientation.
  • Particle size analysis of sediments: methods, statistical particle size parameters and environmental interpretation .
  • Processes – models of sedimentation.
  • Factors affecting post-depositional sedimentation: eustatic movements of the sea, tectonics, mass movements, upwelling and escape of gases, tidal waves.
  • The coasts of Greece.

(b) Climatic changes at global level, in the Mediterranean and in Greece.

  • Sea level rise.
  • Erosion of the coastal zone.
  • Wave storms.
  • Front-line and the beach: Legislation, demarcation, displacement.
  • Impacts of climate change on coastal zone development, indicators of coastal vulnerability.
  • Coastal zone protection and strategic retreat.
  • Computational methods for estimating shoreline displacement.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management



  • The coastal zone as an expression of natural and anthropogenic dynamic balances.
  • Characteristics of coastal ecosystems.
  • Environmental pressures on the coasts, considered in the perspective of possible climate change.
  • Integrated management methodology.
  • Consideration of urban planning issues in the coastal zone.
  • Front-line and beach: legislation, jurisprudence, European policy, International Law.
  • Characteristic case studies.
Mathematical Models in the Coastal Zone



  • Introduction, basic concepts, discretization methods, overview of basic numerical methods for solving elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations, stability and accuracy analysis, numerical diffusion, applications and exercises.
  • Introduction to computational coastal circulation models: principles of solving, classification, tuning and model validation.
  • Wind and tidal circulation simulation: model building, application.
  • Simulation of pollutant dispersion in the coastal zone and application.
  • Simulation of wave circulation: radiation stresses, secondary currents, application.
  • Roughness and bottom shear stresses.
  • Sediment transport and shoreline morphodynamics: erosion simulation, sediment transport models, application of sediment transport and bottom morphology, shoreline evolution and application.

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