Coastal Physical Oceanography

This micro-credential is aimed at students and professionals who are working in the marine environment but would like to upskill in the area of physical processes in coastal oceans.

In the course you will learn about the important physical processes that impact the circulation and mixing along the coastal ocean. We will also cover coastal currents, fronts and horizontal eddies that vary on time scales of days to months and spatial scales of one to hundreds of kilometers.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points - stackable for unspecified academic credit in award courses
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Course date

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Two-day intensive followed by completion of practical work
50 hours (including contact hours, personal study time and assessment)
Academic lead
Professor Chari Pattiaratchi
$990 inc. GST
Critical information summary
OCENM522 – Critical information summary [PDF, 41KB]

What you'll learn

Explain how physical processes impact circulation and mixing along the coastal ocean

Interpret data from coastal currents, fronts and horizontal eddies

Solve coastal engineering problems using knowledge of physical processes

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

Students are able to demonstrate

  • Gain knowledge of important concepts in coastal physical oceanography and practical skills to apply these concepts
  • Enhance your professional experience in oceanography roles with training based on recent research and industry insights

How does it work?

You'll work on practical exercises and assignments.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential is part of a pathway to completion of Applied Ocean Science unit when stacked with Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Coastal Ocean Observations