The Coast Tools Summer School has the objective to provide young scientists, focussing on marine sciences and coastal processes, with the principles and techniques that will allow them to explore the dynamics of complex coastal systems. The participants will gain the skills to define the morphosedimentary dynamics of sandy coasts based on field data surveys, observations and numerical modelling tools. Ultimately, it will create a favourable window of opportunity for the participants to build their own networking for future career development.


The Coast Tools Summer School explores the dynamism of sedimentary coastal environments focusing on a range of coastal processes. For that, Coast Tools brings together a series of field and modelling tools to survey and analyse coastal morphology with the ultimate purpose of linking this to the major sources of energy driving changes (i.e. winds, waves, tides and currents). The second edition of Coast Tools will holistically explore beach and dune morphodynamics with special emphasis on the aeolian component of this complex system.

Coastal barriers represent primary morphological units globally distributed and usually integrated by a beach, a dune ridge, and a low relief landward area. Barriers are wave-built accumulation of sediment that accrete vertically due to wave and wind action. The continuous reworking of waves determines the higher dynamism of beaches within the barrier system. However, comprehensive analysis of this highly dynamic sector must include the adjacent dunes as essential elements of the coastal sediment budget. Indeed, coastal dunes are key features on buffering the impact of high energy events such as storms by establishing feedback mechanisms with the adjacent beach. Understanding the latter is central to coastal management and risk reduction in coastal areas and it is particularly important in the present context of changing environmental conservation policies towards more sustainable and nature based measures. Lessons learnt will be applied to different coastal barriers along the Algarve coastline and beach-dune systems in the UK. Both coastlines are exposed to different weather and climate conditions and hence provide different examples of how nearshore-beach-dune systems dynamically interact with a range of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces. Process-based management approaches will also be discussed in the context of climate change and relative sea-level-rise.