Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Environmental Impact Assessment

Code

722041079

Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Department

Geografia e Planeamento Regional

Credits

10

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language

Portuguese

Objectives

a) To recognize the need and importance of environmental impact studies on land management;
b) To understand the nature and characteristics of the processes and decisions related with the environment;
c) To discuss the theories and methodologies in environmental impact assessment;
d) To analyze the importance of natural processes and the influence of human activity in its dynamics;
e) To develop critical thinking on political models and socio-economic use of natural resources;
f) To apply the acquired knowledge to concrete situations analysis, particularly with the use of Geographic Information Systems.

Prerequisites

None.

Subject matter

1) Introduction - Sustainable development and environmental management
2) The process of environmental impact assessment; concepts and methodologies
3) Sector Impacts; land use, water, landscape, among others
4) Applicable legislation
5) The importance of a geographical approach in the analyse of environmental impacts
6) The use of GIS in the diagnosis and evaluation
7) Future perspectives

Bibliography

Canter, L. (1996). Environmental Impact Assessment (2ªed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Fernandez-Vitora, V.C. (1996). Guia Metodológica para la Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental (3ªed.). Madrid: Mundiprensa.

Henrique, A. G. (1991). Processo de AIA Avaliação de Impacte Ambiental. Lisboa: LNEC.

Maughan, J. (2013). Environmental Impact Analysis. London: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.

Partidário, M. R. & Jesus, J. (ed.) (1994). Avaliação de Impacto Ambiental, Lisboa: CEPGA.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative classes.

Evaluation method

Reading of thematic texts.
Research work based on field work, references and document research resulting from autonomous work (100% evaluation).
Oral presentation of the work.

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