From Fundamentals to Cutting-Edge Knowledge

WAWA 2019 GLADYS Late Summer School 2019

1st International MUSE Summer School on Nearshore and coastal hydrodynamics:
in-situ deployment & data analysis

September 14th – 21st, 2019 Le Grau du Roi, France


The school aims at providing an integral view of actual methods and cutting-edge knowledge on nearshore data hydrodynamic processing through thematic lectures, and hands-on practices led by specialized experts.

The WAWA Summer School focuses on two topics intimately combined.


Learning good practices for the monitoring of nearshore hydrodynamics through the deployment of instruments at sea;


Learning how to process nearshore hydrodynamic data from in-situ measurements and how to analyze them efficiently to characterize and quantify nearshore dynamics.

The summer school offers also the opportunity to:

  1. manipulate a wide set of instruments specialized for the nearshore zone (ADCP, ADV, wave gages,...);
  2. test them in the nearshore;
  3. manipulate and analyze typical datasets acquired during the summer school or coming from GLADYS research & engineering deployments.

Here, hydrodynamics refers to nearshore waves, infra-gravity waves, very low frequency waves, 2D/ 3D currents, mean water levels, beach groundwater fluxes and the complex couplings between those various wave-driven processes. In short, the core of the WAWA late summer school is the study of wave-dominated beach systems based on advanced in-situ measurement strategies and multifarious hydrodynamic data processing methods.


This Summer School is intended for MSc and PhD students who are interested in physical processes in nearshore systems, as well as engineers, junior and senior scientists that would like to improve their skill in the processing of nearshore hydrodynamics data.

The students are expected to be familiar with basic concepts (at least, end level of Sc. or Eng. bachelor) of: hydrodynamic equations, ocean waves, boundary layer properties, basic mathematical and statistical methods, and some ability in computer programming.

Power density spectra acquired on Rousty beach
Time evolution of wave spectra over a coral reef plateform (October 3-9th 2016, Ouano reef, New Caledonia). To the left: tide excursion signal. To the center and to the right: power density spectra at the reef to and along the reef slope, respectively. From Sous et al (2015).

Important Dates

Check in:
Saturday, September 14th (Icebreaker at 19:00).
Starting date of Summer School:
Saturday, September 14th.
Check out:
Saturday, September 21th.
Deadline for applications:
June 30th 2019
Working Room


The course consists of a 7 days period. The schedule follows a topic-per-day principle.

The course takes the form of approx 40 hours of lectures and assisted practices, both in the classroom and in the field (harbour and sand beach), and about 15 hours of not supervised participants’ work. Approximate distribution of hours between Theory (T) and Practices (P) to be done by the participants assisted by the lecturers, is 50%-50%.

The Participant’s working hours also include: a poster session where participants introduce themselves and their research interests, as well as teamworks to carry out practices. Practices are expected to be carried out by groups of 4-5 participants each under supervision of the lecturers. Participants are expected to present the outcome of their week activity (15 min/group) at the end of the stay.

Lectures and students' work is programmed from 9:00 to 18:00, with a break between 13:00 and 14:00 for lunch.

General schedule

Day 1:
Day 2:
Analysis of wave spectral contents
Day 3:
Exploring infra-gravity and Very Low Frequency oscillations
Day 4:
Nearshore circulation
Day 5:
Quantifying setup, setdown and mean water levels
Day 6:
Characterizing swash, run-up and groundwater circulation onto the beach
Day 7:

Every day, the working time period is organized as follow:

  • A first 1.5h long lecture in the morning to present the concepts developed during the practices to come;
  • A first sequence of practicals (onto the beach or into the class room) in the morning;
  • A second sequence of practicals in the afternoon;
  • A final lecture (1 h) at the end of the day to explore further the topic of the day.

Application & Fees

Classic fee

300 €

The classic fee covers accommodation, food and drinks, registration, lecture notes, and goodies.. Attendants will have to cover their own travel.

Student fee

150 €

The student fee is 50% the price of the classic fee and is limited to participants that are undergoing courses in a university or engineer school.

Time evolution of wave spectra over a coral reef plateform
Power density spectra acquired on Rousty beach (northwesternmost Gulf of Lions, Mediterranean Sea), from deepep sea (red) to inner beach face. From Sous et al. (2016).

The WAWA summer school is funded by the University of Montpellier, GLADYS and the national network DYNALIT and is organized under the auspices of MUSE Sea & Coast, the structure that federates the academic research & R&D activity in the scientific area of Montpellier, South of France.

To apply for the summer school, please e-mail to a letter of application, a short CV (including age and gender, for the housing facilities) and names of at least 1 reference person that may be contacted.

Participants living financial hardship can be helped financially. Please contact to apply for this assistance. You will be asked to provide — whith the other documents mentioned above — a specific letter explaining the reasons why you want to attend the summer school and that you ask for a financial assistance. The financial assistance is not in law and is quoted to an assessment by the organizing committee.

Thank you all for your submissions! Applications for registration are processed when receipted. We will inform you about the outcome soon!

A certificate “GLADYS Beach expert grade 1” is delivered at the end of the summer school (if the individual realizations are advanced enough).

Lecturers & Guests

The WAWA summer school is based on lectures and practices by senior scientists specialized in coastal dynamics. List of the intervention to come at the end of the May 2019.

Le Grau-du-Roi Panoramic View


The WAWA summer school work sessions are hosted by the Yacht Club of Port Camargue (, at Le Grau du Roi (Gard, Southermost France). The housing is organized at the UCPA Sea School ( , in the centre of the Port Camargue Harbour, just nearby the Yacht Club.

UCPA sea school is a 100% renovated housing structure in 2018. Accommodation is organized as follows: bedrooms for 2 to 4 people with single beds, and private/collective bathrooms (depending upon the housing options). Accommodation will be optimized according to the number of participants at the WAWA summer school.

UCPA Sea School

A free parking for attendants that arrive with a personal or rented car.

Transportation to Le Grau du Roi is possible by car or bus from Montpellier, by train from Nîmes. You can reach Nîmes/Montpellier by TGV train ( ) or by plane flying toMontpellier airport (MPL) or even Nîmes airport (FNI). Another convenient option is to fly to Paris CDG airport ( and to take a TGV train to Le Grau du Roi via Nîmes.

The workshop occurs just at the end of the Fiesta of Le Grau du Roi. You may experience typical local activities at the beginning of your stay.


The summer school is funded by GLADYS, the MUSE KIM Sea & Coast and the french network DYNALIT.

  • MUSE KIM Sea & Coast


For any question:

Frédéric Bouchette
GLADYS / Geosciences-Montpellier
University of Montpellier / MUSE Kim Sea & Coast
06 32 67 55 90