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102-0324-AAL  Ecological Systems Analysis

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersS. Hellweg
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.


AbstractThis course deals with the methodological basics and application of various environmental assessment tools.
ObjectiveAfter attending the lecture, students know environmental assessment tools, such as material flow analysis, risk assessment, and life cycle assessment. They can identify and apply the appropriate tool in a given situation. Also, they are able to critically assess existing studies.
Content- Überblick umweltrelevanter Güter- und Stoffflüsse
- Umweltfragestellung und Entscheidungsprozesse: Praxisbeispiele
- Einführung Stoffflussanalyse: Aktivitäten, Prozesse, Güter- und Stoffflüsse, Systemgrenzen, Transferkoeffizienten usw.
- Einführung Bewertungsmethoden: Ökobilanz, Risikoanalyse, MIPS, ökologischer Fussabdruck, Exergie
- einfache Modelle und Fallbeispiele aus der Praxis
Lecture notesMandatory exercises are published on http://www.ifu.ethz.ch/ESD/education/bachelor/OeSA/index_EN
LiteratureLiterature to be studied is indicated on
http://www.ifu.ethz.ch/ESD/education/bachelor/OeSA/index_EN
Prerequisites / NoticeSelf-study course.