Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment
ECTS credits: 3
Students will learn about the goals, principles, content, procedure, techniques and methods of environmental impact assessment of various (objects and human) interventions and activities
Introduction to environmental impact assessment – history, goal, principles; types of impact assessment: strategic assessments and impact studies; legal regulations; establishing the need for assessment; establishing the content of assessment; prediction of impact; identification of measures for impact reduction; assessment of significance of impact; economic assessment of environmental impact and cost-benefit analysis; observing impact after intervention; participants in impact assessment process; public participation in the process; control of quality of environmental impact assessment; gathering and preparation of data for impact assessment; interpretation of thematic maps; integration of data from thematic maps; interpretation of assessed and measured data; use of GPS in field work in impact assessment; application of DMR in impact assessment; spatial analyses; spatial conflicts; area analysis by establishing the way of land-use, soil covering, habitat naturalness, assessments and establishing these elements through recording interpretation; multi-criteria analyses; protection measures; examples from practice.
After the course attended and the exam passed students will be able to participate individually in gathering, preparation, processing and interpretation of data necessary for impact assessment. Students will also be able to organise and implement field work necessary in impact assessment, by the use of cartographic (topographic and thematic) data, GPS and other modern technologies. Students will also be able to independently prepare, implement and interpret the data by use of multi-criteria analysis method.
After passing the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Identify measures for the reduction of environmental impact. 2. Perform economic assessment of the environmental impact. 3. Conduct fieldwork necessary for the environmental impact assessment. 4. Interpret data using multi-criteria analyses. The aforementioned learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study programme: - Explain the fundamental issues related to the environmental protection and waste management, as well as prevention and protection in the production, storage and transportation of hazardous substances - Analyse different assumptions, approaches, results and procedures in security issues