Environmental Geology and Natural Risks

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of natural sciences.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical and theoretical/practical classes, laboratory and field work.

Calculation and use of statistical methods and tools of projection mapping.

Conducting laboratory project work in groups and individually, with submission of the final work report and the oral form.

Use of specific software for self-learning.

Observation and collection of information in the field, with tutorial support.

Tutorial support in clarifying doubts and problem solving.

Supporting the preparation of the report and oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes

(A) With this course students perceive the impacts of human activities on natural systems , and the ability of the processes influencing human development . Thus acquire the ability to identify and promote measures for resource management and environmental qualification , as well as the prevention,  reduction and mitigation of risks . Strategic references are promoted for sustainable development and good governance.

(B) The skills to be developed include the ability of analysis and synthesis , as well as information management and decision-making ability . It also promotes the acquisition of new computer skills and resources of specific software , as well as the ability to acquisition, storage , management and production information .

(C) With UC promotes the expertise of working in interdisciplinary teams , as well as understanding the language of other specialists , and the use of tools and methodologies from other scientific areas .     

Work Placement(s)



1 Cycles and systems

2 Global, national and local strategies for sustainable development and environmental qualification; risk prevention , reduction and mitigation

3 Hazard, susceptibility, vulnerability and risk

4 Internal and external processes and geodynamic hazard and associated severity

5 Climatic and geoclimatic hazard processes and associated and severity

6 Resources, population and sustainability

7 Waste, pollution and environmental legislation

8 Atmospheric contamination, surface and groundwater water contamination and soil contamination

9 Geological resources

10 Principles of environmental management and planning

11 Methodologies and criteria for environmental assessment

12 Environmental impacts related to mining and major engineering infrastructures

13 Acquisition and georeferenced information processing applied to environmental management

14 MDT and specialized models of environmental impacts and risks

15 Analysis and spatial operations, production of thematic mapping

Head Lecturer(s)

Pedro Gomes Cabral Santarém Andrade

Assessment Methods

Participation and individual involvement: 5.0%
Report of a seminar or field trip: 10.0%
45T and 40TP: 85.0%


MONTGOMERY, C. (2005). Environmental Geology, W. H Freeman and Company, 546p.

SMITH, K, & PETLEY, D. (2009) Environmental Hazards. Assessing risk and reducing disaster. Routledge, 5th edition, 384p.

MURCK, B.; SKINNER, B. & PORTER, S. (1997) Dangerous Earth: an introduction to geologic hazards. J. Wiley & Sons, NewYork, 300p.

SANTOS, R.F. (2004) Planejamento ambiental: R.F. Santos, Oficina de Textos, S. Paulo, 2004

(de acordo com a especificidade das temáticas, outras referências serão apresentadas/according some specific themes other references will be presented).