ESA-31806 Environmental Assessments for Pollution Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised16
Project learning10
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. C Kroeze
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. C Kroeze
prof. dr. ir. W de Vries
prof. dr. R Leemans
dr. AR van Amstel
Examiner(s)prof. dr. C Kroeze

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ESA-22806 Environmental Systems Analysis: Methods and Applications; ESA-23306 Introduction to Global Change.


This course focuses on the management of international (transboundary) pollution problems: global warming, air pollution and water pollution. Solving these problems requires international cooperation, and studies of these problems require an international scope. Many examples of environmental assessments for pollution management exist. Some of these are effective in assisting environmental policy making. Others failed. In this course we will discuss why some environmental assessments are more effective than others. We will focus in particular on the role of environmental models in this, and on the use and the design of these models. This will help us to better understand how scientific knowledge on causes, effects and solutions of environmental problems can be integrated in a policy-relevant way. To follow the course, students do not need to have experience in programming or computer modelling.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, students are able to:
- recognize why some environmental assessments are more effective than other;
- explain how environmental models can play a role in integrated assessments for pollution management;
- explain and critically discuss the use of environmental systems analysis tools in integrated environmental models;
- design integrated environmental models in terms of general model specifications (model inputs, outputs, system boundaries, etc).


Assessment of learning outcomes through a written exam with open and closed questions (75% of the grade) and a group work report (25%) of the grade.


A course guide and reader are available.

Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc3WD
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc3WD
MCLClimate StudiesMSc3WD