The aim of the course is to guide the student to an effective understanding of studies concerning geological problems related to environmental and land use issues (hazard, resources and waste management). The student will gain the level of knowledge necessary to critically evaluate the effects of the application of these studies to environmental management and planning.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will know: 1) the main methodologies for determining geological hazards at different scales, 2) the resources of natural resources and themes linked to their sustainable management, 3) the environmental aspects of waste management also depending on their level of danger. The student will develop competences for the connection of the theoretical aspects of these themes, and the technical-scientific products connected to them, to the application in support of the territorial and environmental planning. The student will develop technical skills that are preparatory to carrying out environmental and territorial management activities according to modern concepts of sustainable development and natural capital.
INTRODUCTION AND KEY CONCEPTS - Man and the Environment, population development and interaction with the environment - Sustainable development - Natural Capital - Resources - Hazard, vulnerability and environmental risk
GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES AND ANTHOPOGENIC IMPACTS - Groundwater use and management - Land use and Land Cover - The subterranean environment - Energy resources
GEOLOGY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING - Key aspects of environmental planning. - The geological component in environmental planning - Hazard and environmental risk mapping - Regional and local environmental plans (including seismic hazard on local scale) - Urban environment
GEOLOGY FOR WASTE DISPOSAL
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of earth sciences and its application
Lessons in classroom and practical exercises
Course notes Environmental geology- Edward Keller-ed. Prentice Hall
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam which also requires the presentation of a case study on environmental geological planning and management