Fundamentals of Environmental Assessment and Impact

Name: Fundamentals of Environmental Assessment and Impact
Code: PAO11385L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Environment and Ecology Sciences

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

Provide the students with the main concepts related with the environmental evaluation process and getting them acquainted with the EIA methodologies.


1. The concepts of environmental assessment and sustainability - the concepts of disturbance, naturalness and artificiality. The evaluation system of reference - Mankind health and well being.
2. The evaluation concept - reference systems, scales, operation, values, reproducibility. The socio-cultural paradigms and evaluation and decision making. Outrage.
3. Environmental evaluation legal framework.
4. EIA phases.
5. The practical process of SEA
6. Main types of environmental impacts.
7. Impact evaluation and prediction methodologies, Universes of impact, Impact aggregation.
8. Impacts on flora, fauna, vegetation and habitats.
9. Reference situation characterization methodologies EIA methodologies and mitigation methodologies.
10. Impacts on the natural and cultural heritage. Evaluation methodologies.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical presentations supported by documents e trough the analysis of practical study cases.
Evaluation: one test (35%), one practical project on concept description (30%) and one group project on evaluation criteria on an sectorial evaluation domain (35%)