ENVIRONMENTAL VALUATION AND ACCOUNTING - MOD. 1

ENVIRONMENTAL VALUATION AND ACCOUNTING - MOD. 1

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Code
98337
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
2 credits during the 2nd year of 10723 MARINE BIOLOGI AND ECOLOGY (LM-75) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/07
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (MARINE BIOLOGI AND ECOLOGY)
semester
1° Semester
modules
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will be provided with the basic knowledge about system ecology and environmental sustainability. In particular system ecology methodologies described aiming at the supply of tools for sustainability evaluation and assessment of natural capital value, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services, even through case studies presentation. Moreover students will be trained about main concepts about informatics applied to topics previously described. At this goal students will acquire basic knowledge about digitalization, collection, analysis and representation of data in the contest of territorial planning and decision support also through Geographic Information Systems.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course contabilità e valutazione ambientale is expected to give the basic knowledge for the biophysical evaluation of natural capital, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services making the student able to manage the ability to evaluate on a Eco-centric basis the natural systems value.

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  • analyze natural systems by means of whole system methodology

  • evaluate the biophysical and monetary value of natural systems

  • quantify the biophysical value of ecosystem functions and services

  • apply the concepts to study cases

Teaching methods

Lessons are mainly based on taught classes with several practical exercises aiming at fixing and evaluating the knowledge and learning level.

Taught classes take advantage of diverse multimedia supports.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

NATURAL SYSTEMS VALUE CONCEPT – THE BIOPHYSICAL APPROACH - ecological economics basis – ecosystem value as a biophysical property – whole system measures of environmental value – input/output analysis – emergy analysis

VALUATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF BIOPHYSICAL VALUE– methods for the assessment of the monetary assessment of biophysical value – tecniques for the analysis of spatial data – environmental accounting procedures – applications of the biophysical evaluation to natural systems

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Lessons and multimedia files employed during classes will be available on AulaWeb repository at the end of every classes cycle.

The suggested books are to be intended as further supporting material. The list is not complete and other texts may be used. Many of the suggested titles are available at the Scuola di Scienze M.F.N. library

Energy Basis for Man and Nature, H.T. Odum McGraw Hill Higher Education
La soglia della sostenibilità. E. Tiezzi et al.; Donzelli ed
 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Students and lecturer will agree upon office hours by appointment

Exam Board

BARBARA CAVALLETTI (President)

PAOLO VASSALLO (President)

PAOLO POVERO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lessons are mainly based on taught classes with several practical exercises aiming at fixing and evaluating the knowledge and learning level.

Taught classes take advantage of diverse multimedia supports.

 

EXAMS

Exam description

The final exam is an oral one and at least 3 topics treated during classess will be evaluatred.

Three rounds will be fixed during winter session (jan-feb) and 3 during summer session (jun, jul and sep).

Assessment methods

Details on final exam will be given durin classes together with information regarding the level of accuracy needed for each argument.

The oral will be focused on the main arguments treated during classes and it is trageted to the evaluation of both the level of knowledge and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to real management issues.

Beside the level of knowledge the clear speaking ability is a matter of evaluation.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

It is recommended to attend classes