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Environmental impact analysis, decision support systems

Environmental Impact Analysis - 5 ECTS

Ad hoc and often uncontrolled development initiatives can have undesired social, economic and ecological consequences. Rapid population growth, pollution, climate change, the exposure to hazards and disasters, and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services require effective assessment tools to assist sustainable planning and decision making. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are basically procedures to support this process.

The key principles of EIA and SEA are the involvement of relevant stakeholders, a transparent and adaptive  planning process, consideration of alternatives, and using the best possible information for decision and policy making. EIA and SEA therefore improve both the (spatial) planning process and the information used in this process.


In this course, you will explore how spatial information (GIS) and spatial decision support systems that include scenario development and dynamic modelling can be used to help to identify and structure the problem(s), find and compare possible solutions, and monitor and evaluate the proposed activities. This course provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of spatial policies, plans, programmes and projects. Hands-on experience with real EIA and SEA projects will be a major part of the course.

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