GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE
The objective of this course is to understand the interaction between the environmental protection, transport, spatial planning, biodiversity and the quality of life, to identify the potential impacts of traffic and transportation infrastructure on the environment and to know the methods and techniques for their mitigation. The concept of TERM indicators is discussed as a tool for gauging the traffic impacts on the environment and for monitoring the success of mitigation measures and sustainability interventions.
On completion of this course the student will be able to recognise the link between the environmental protection, traffic, land use, nature, biodiversity and the quality of life, to apply the legal basis, environmental tools and data basis, to evaluate the traffic impacts on the environment, to demonstrate understanding of
environmental measures for the traffic planning with minimal impacts on the environment and to apply the theoretical knowledge in practices.
The course will cover the following topics:
- urban ecosystem,
- environmental legislation,
- system of the environmental monitoring and reporting,
- principles of the sustainable developement and their implementation,
- assesment of the anhropogenic impacts on atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, lithosphere and biosphere,
- regenerative potential of the environment,
- environmental methodology for the spatial planning and the risk assessments,
- mitigation measures for the traffic planning with the minimal impacts on atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, lithosphere and biosphere,
- inclusion of ecological principles into practices.
- R.T. Wright: Environmental Science: Towards a sustainable future. Prentice Hall, 2005.
- H. Van Bohemen,: Ecological Engineering – Bridging between ecology and civil engineering. Delft, Aeneas Technical Publishers. 2005.
- S.E. Manahan: Environmental Science and Technology: A Sustainable Approach to Green Science and Technology, Second Edition. CRC Press, 2006.