Most of the world’s population lives near, or exploits, the coastal zone, and it is one of the most important environments on Earth. Understanding the coastal zone requires an integrated view of both terrestrial (e.g., climate, land use, industrial activity) and marine (e.g., waves, tides, sea level) processes. Marine Geography, and this degree course, is concerned with the interaction of physical, chemical and biological processes in the transition from the terrestrial environment to the oceanic environment across the coastal zone. These processes include the changing properties and transport of water, sediments and biogeochemical components (such as carbon) from the land into the sea. The Marine Geography degree course also considers the nature of the coastal zone in terms of its morphology, dynamics and properties, and examines the impacts of environmental change, climate, sea level change, and pollution on its health and sustainability.