"Coastal Changes and Evolution (CoChE)" Training School for Early Career coastal researchers

15-18 September 2019, Sardinia, Italy

The study of past coastal processes has direct relevance for informing our understanding of the impact of future coastal, sea-level changes and extreme events on shorelines, but also to explore the strategies adopted since the antiquities to mitigate and/or adapt to such changes.

In this framework, the "Coastal Changes and Evolution EGU-INQUA summer school" (CoChE)is a training school focused on the interdisciplinary study of the coastal zone. The CoChE will explore the current methods to investigate the response of coastal zones to the transition from glacial to interglacial periods (with a focus on the late Quaternary, i.e., the last 125ka) in order to gather information on sea-level changes and polar ice sheets sensitivity to colder and warmer climates.

It will train the participants in field, laboratory, and modelling techniques that are currently used to investigate rates and causes of coastal changes at different time scales.​The training school is open to Early Career Researchers in the field of geomorphology, geology, climatology, maritime archaeology, coastal engineering, and physical geography. The CoCHE will take place between 15-18 September 2019 in Sardinia, Italy.


Registration costs and the call for funding will be available from 28th January 2019. The application deadline is 30th April 2019.

EGU funding will be used to cover the partial or full registration costs of early-career scientists on a needs basis (e.g. self-funded students). This will be decided by the organising committee after the registration deadline and cummunicated to participants by June 2019. The workshop has a maximum capacity of 18 participants.

The registration fee covers transport during the fieldtrips, accommodation in double rooms, coffee breaks during the lectures, and the social dinner.

A preliminary programme of the training school is as follows:

Sunday 15th of September

18. Arrival of the participants. Ice breaker​

Monday 16th of September

9-12 Lectures, Late-Quaternary coastal changes

14-18 Field activities in the Mistras lagoon

-Coring techniques and quantitative sea-level reconstructions

-Drone photogrammetry for high-resolution topography

-Palaeo-climatic reconstructions from coastal sediments

Tuesday 17th of September

9-18. Fiedltrip to the Nora archaeological coastal site.

-geo-archaeology of ancient coastal settlements 

-beachrocks as a proxy for coastal modification

Wednesday 18th of September

9-12 Lectures, Modelling palaeo and modern coastal changes.

14-18. Field activity in the Sinis coastline

-Glacio-Isostatic modelling, from the Holocene to the last interglacial

-Stratigraphic and geomorphic proxies of sea-level in a warmer world

-Modelling modern coastal processes

20. Social dinner

Thursday 19th of September. Departure to the airport

Further information and announcements about the school, the registration procedure and updates of the programme can be found here.