The CoastLab Teaching School is a series of events promoted by CoastLab Network, the network for small and medium coastal engineering laboratories.

CoastLab network was officially launched in May 2006 during the First International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling to Port and Coastal Protection – CoastLab’06, held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal.

This network for small and medium coastal engineering laboratories, born under the auspices of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal and the University of Coruña, Spain, aims at creating a platform for knowledge and experiences exchange; a working group for project and research development; an international journal for dissemination of lab works; a database of laboratory facilities; a programme for the use of small/medium labs, including common problems.

The network organizes a CoastLab conference every other year, as well as training courses on specific issues. The forthcoming event of the CoastLab series of conferences will take place in 2010 in Barcelona Spain, after the successful event of CoastLab'08 held in Bari, Italy .


This school is designed as a hands-on application-oriented training. It will provide the students with the knowledge necessary to set up physical coastal models. As far as possible, students will also learn to use laboratory instrumentation.

The five day school on the application of physical modelling to port and coastal protection covers the following:

     Learn theoretical aspects of linear and nonlinear wave generation and passive and active wave absorption in laboratory;
     Get an introduction to instrumentation and measurement of the different parameters describing a given phenomena;
     Issues to consider when analysing data, overview of theoretical background, plus practical advice;
     Set up a sediment transport simulation in physical model;
     Learn to model several types of structures, overview of model set-up, calibration and validation procedures
       as well as wave-structure interactions.



     [09:00-10:30] Scaling Requirements, Prof. Dr. Peter Troch
     [11:00-13:00] Wave Generation I, Prof. Dr. Peter Troch
     [14:30-16:00] Wave Generation II, Prof. Dr. Peter Troch
     [16:30-18:00] Practical work at the Laboratory of Hydraulics


     [09:00-10:30] Statistical Analysis of Laboratory Data I, Dr. Giovanni Cuomo
     [11:00-13:00] Statistical Analysis of Laboratory Data II, Dr. Giovanni Cuomo
     [14:30-16:00] Modeling of coastal sediment transport I, Prof. Dr. Bill Kamphuis
     [16:30-18:00] Modeling of coastal sediment transport II, Prof. Dr. Bill Kamphuis


     [09:00-10:30] Modeling of coastal sediment transport III, Prof. Dr. Bill Kamphuis
     [11:00-13:00] Modeling of coastal sediment transport IV, Prof. Dr. Bill Kamphuis
     [14:30-16:00] Hydralab III Guidelines (Waves, Breakwaters and Sediment Dynamics), Prof. Dr. Francisco Taveira Pinto
     [16:30-18:00] Practical work at the Laboratory of Hydraulics


     [09:00-10:30] Measuring Techniques I, Dr. Björn van de Walle
     [11:00-13:00] Measuring Techniques II, Dr. Björn van de Walle
     [14:30-16:00] Digital Video and Image Technologies, Prof. Dr. Rafael Molina
     [16:30-18:00] SIMULINK, Prof. Dr. Rafael Molina


     [09:00-10:30] Wave interaction with coastal structures , Prof. Dr. Gregório Iglésias
     [11:00-13:00] Computer Vision, Prof. Dr. Gregório Iglésias
     [14:30-16:00] Presentations by students (to be confirmed)



The CoastLab Course is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Francisco Taveira Pinto (Hydraulic and Water Resources Institute), with the support of PoCoast - Portuguese Coastal Network, and IAHR - the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, through its Maritime Hydraulics Section (MHS).



     Prof. Dr. Bill Kamphuis (Queens University, Ontario, Canada);
     Prof. Dr. Peter Troch (University of Ghent, Belgium);
     Prof. Dr. Rafael Molina (University of Granada, Spain);
     Prof. Dr. Gregorio Iglesias (University of Santiago Compostela, Spain);
     Dr. Giovanni Cuomo (HAREC, Italy);
     Dr. Björn van de Walle (Katholieke Hogeschool Brugge - Oostende, Belgium).



Young professionals interested in the application of physical modelling to port and coastal protection. The scientific level will range from Master to PhD. Applicants are expected to understand and speak English, the course language.



The course will be held from September14 through 18, 2009 at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Porto - Portugal.

FEUP is located in the new University Campus, only 15 minutes drive from Porto International Airport and 10 minutes from the city centre. It is easily accessible by public, both by metro and by bus, and private transportation.



The course is limited to about 25 participants.

Admission requirements include basic knowledge in laboratory experiments and a good command of the English language.

Due to the limited number of applicants admitted to the Course, a Scientific Committee will make a selection on the basis of each individual curriculum and application letter. If necessary, priority will be given to applications in order of arrival. A letter of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to successful applicants.

How to submit an application?
There is no application form. Applications must be in English and provide the following information:

     1. In the body of the covering email: Name and full coordinates of applicant.

     2. In attachment (only in word, rtf or pdf):

             Letter of interest: personal statement of why you wish to participate in this course, including the results you
               are expecting to obtain and why you think you would be particularly suitable to participate;
             Brief Curriculum Vitae: maximum of 3 pages, including a detailed description of relevant present activities. References
               of the 5 most relevant publications of the last 5 years are optional.

Applications should be emailed as 1 attachment to, up to August 28, 2009.

First submissions will be considered final (no revisions accepted).



The official language of the course will be English; no translation facilities will be provided. All the course notes distributed to participants will be written in English. Participants who complete the entire course (at least 90% of the course) will be given a Course Certificate.



The fee includes:
     All tuition costs;
     On-campus accommodation in single room apartments (Arrival: September 13; Departure: September 18);
     Catered lunch each day and coffee breaks;
     All necessary course notes and documentation;
     Access to a PC and to the Internet.

In any case, travel to and from the place of venue is the responsibility of each participant and will not be sponsored, as well as any other personal allowances.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make changes to the published programme and other arrangements as deemed necessary.

How should I pay?
Fees can only be paid by means of Bank-to-Bank Transfer:
     Account Name: IHRH
     Bank: Millennium BCP
     Address: Rua Júlio Dinis, 705-714, 4050 Porto, Portugal
     IBAN code: PT 50 0033 0000 0000 2059 3110 5
     Swift/BIC code: BCOMPTPL
     Details of payment: “CoastLab/your name”
          Please make sure to indicate: “CoastLab” and participant name on all money transfers. All payments should be net of bank-charges.

Fee payment should be made only after communication of acceptance and up to September 3, 2009.

Proof of payment (copy of the Bank transfer) must be sent by fax or e-mail to the Course Secretariat together with the information for the invoice/receipt (Institution or Name; full address; VAT Reg no.).

Course Secretariat
     Instituto de Hidráulica e Recursos Hídricos
     Faculdade de Engenharia Universidade do Porto
     Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
     4200-465 Porto - PORTUGAL

     Tel: +351 22 508 19 24
     Fax: +351 22 508 19 52


Training Attendee Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for special circumstances must be done in writing (fax or e-mail). A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged on cancellations received up to August 14, 2009. After this date refund cannot be claimed.


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