Spring, 3 credits

Instructor: Paola Almeida Guerra

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Course Description

This course will provide students with the most relevant elements on what is needed to develop an environmental impact assessment (EIA). It seeks to familiarize the student with the terms and definitions used in the environmental practice. The course also explains the application of well-known methodologies/tools used in EIA studies, taking into consideration the cause-effect relationships between the project activities and the existing environmental components (water, air, soil, society).

The course explores the importance of matrixes development for the evaluation of the environmental impacts and the subsequent elaboration of Environmental Management Plans. A series of exercises will be performed as part of the course where the students are expected to apply their analytical criteria to identify the major impacts of projects and to propose suitable mitigation measurements.