The course introduces students to coastal geography and issues related to coastal zone management. Emphasis will be placed on the interface between land and water, the coastal ecosystem, and human activity, and coast conservation problems. The course is intended to strengthen observational and analytical abilities of students.

Areas to be explored in the course include: The coast-land-water interface; Components of the coastal system; Coastal dynamics (waves, tides, currents); Erosion; Accretion and sediment budget; Coastal ecosystems; Human activity in the coastal zone; Sea-level rise and its implications; Socioeconomic implications of coastal erosion; Coast conservation in Sri Lanka; and Coastal zone management planning.