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 Advanced Technical Training Systems:   technology assisted learning Syllabus for "blended learning" course of about 90 hours of lectures plus exercises on Environmental Impact Assessment:   Theory, methods, practice, examplesin strategic and environmental impact assessment designed as a one-year, two semester course with two lecture series, associated practical exercises, seminar (second semester), an optional introductory block of classroom lectures; implemented as a fully web-based distance learning solution with embedded simulation models for practical exercises. Course content/lecture topics: EIA INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW Environmental Impact Assessment: EIA basics What is EIA/SIA ? Principles and terminology, history, regulations and policy framework Environmental Impacts: criteria, objectives Environmental sciences: an introduction SCIENCE BACKGROUND, TOOLS AND METHODS Laws of nature: physic and chemistry Assessment basics: logic of analysis First order logic, inference: IF THEN Analysis and calculus, revisited: solving equations Principles of statistical models Non parametric statistics Quantitative analysis: Epistemology revisited General Systems Theory (Bertalanffy) Cybernetics: feedback Systems dynamics (Forrester, Odum) Mathematical Ecology: (Lotka, Pielou) Basics of economy: valuation, costs, benefits Game theory, multi-attribute decision making Rational Decision making EIA PROCESS, METHODS, TOOLS Regulatory framework (US EPA, EU/EEA, WB, misc. national) Scoping and screening Project stages: Design, location, construction, operation, decommissioning Baseline, information management Predicting impacts: models and expert systems Scenario analysis Mitigation: principles and strategy Project monitoring, follow up QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, DOMAINS Principles of environmental sciences revisited Growth: linear, exponential logistic, Movement: spatial dynamics Spatio-temporal systems: discretization Land use dynamics (Markov state transition models) Cellular automata, Conways Game of Life Transport and dispersion Meteorology and climate (change ?) Urban and industrial air quality, long range transport Hydrology, water resources, surface and groundwater Coastal marine systems Ecological footprint, urban water supply Gravity models: explaining movements ? Transportation systems (O/D matrix, equilibrium) Uncertainty and error analysis Ecosystem Services Health Impact Assessment EIA APPLICATION EXAMPLES including exercises with embedded on-line simulation models Site suitability, site selection: NYMBI Urbanization: land use dynamics Thermal power station: air pollution Industrial district: multi media Transportation systems Waste management Water resource IWRM, water quality Coastal water quality, ICZM Technological risk assessment (Seveso II) © Copyright 1995-2018 by:   ESS   Environmental Software and Services GmbH AUSTRIA | print page