Course info

Course Overview

This course will be no more accessible since the 16 of June due to the decision of the UBO university 

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About the course

Where are we in terms of knowledge of the risks of erosion and submersion? Is the risk of erosion and flooding changing with climate change? What are the means of prevention to overcome these challenges? How to manage the erosion of the coastline? The Mooc FlotRisCo will try to answer these questions. This course builds on methods developed in the framework of an interdisciplinary research program bringing together geographers, geologists, lawyer, economists, psychologists, etc. to the University of Brittany Western (UBO) and to the University of Québec in Rimouski (UQAR) and various institutions.

The objective of this Mooc is to give you a set of tools to better understand coastal risk and to have a different perpective of coastal vulnerability. Two "witnesses" territories will be compared: the Brittany coastline in France and the coastline of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec.


Training is offered in seven weeks with a welcome week.

Every week subject is treated with a basic course for acquiring the concept. FOr supplement, an interview with an "expert" will bring additional reflections questions you can ask yourself. On some weeks, put into practice are required to test your understanding of the course. For those wishing to learn more, additional bibliographic resources available.


This Mooc requires no prerequisites. It was designed so that anyone with an interest in coastal risks can access them easily.

Course Outline

This course is jointly developed with a French-Québec team.

     W0 - Welcome Week

     W1 - Introduction

     W2 - Hazards erosion and submersion

     W3 - Coastal area vulnerability

     W4 - Perceptions and representations of coastal risks

     W5 - Coastal Risk Prevention Methods

     W6 - Regulatory framework and crisis management

Learning Objectives


After completing this MOOC you will have knowledge of coastal risk management of erosion and submersion. This course gives a comprehensive view of coastal risks.

The course teaches you :

  • what are the risks of erosion and submersion in France and Quebec and their consequences
  • the various issues facing these hazards on two differents territories
  • what vulnerability on a coastal territory and how arrested
  • gives you tools to prevent the geographical risk

The course also makes you participate through several activities in order to practice the concepts studied.

The course gives you so much knowledge to become knowledgeable person in coastal management.

Certification and Additional Info

Course team

  • Pierre Stéphan
    Chargé de recherches au CNRS, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Guillaume Marie
    Professeur de géographie des zones côtières, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Pascal Bernatchez
    Professeur et titulaire de la chaire de recherche en géoscience côtière, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Susan Drejza
    Géographe, Professionnelle de recherche, chaire de recherche en géoscience côtière, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Catherine Meur-Férec
    Professeur en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
  • Alain Hénaff
    Professeur en géographie, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

With the participation of :

Jacques Bellanger, Françoise Bruaux, Valérie Dantec, Christian Fraser, Franck Gagnier, Paul Gingras, Iwan Le Berre, Elisabeth Michel-Guillou , Lucille Minéo-Kleiner, SIAME UBO brest.


This MOOC will be evaluated through quizzes on different themes. The success of the quiz six weeks and a final quiz will enable the learner to receive a follow-up Certification successfully.

Monitoring Certification successfully

The successful monitoring certificate will be issued to you from 60% success in quizzes.


Riwalenn Ruault

Riwalenn Ruault

Riwalenn Ruault is an academic study engineering. She works at the University of Western Brittany since 2014 to promote scientific research around the coastal risks.
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