872317 Environmental geology

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Environmental geology is part of the applied geolology. It is dealing with the interactions of humans with the geological environment - including the lithospere, hydrosphere, geomorphosphere, atmosphere, pedospere and biosphere.

In environmental geology, geological information is used to identify potential hazards and environmental degradation, and aims to find ways for prevention and mitigation, and to develop strategies to cope with natural and man-made environmental change.

The course gives an overview about relevant topics and is e.g. dealing with global material and energy cycles, natural (e.g. earthquakes and volcanism, mass movements and subsidence, climate (change), flooding) and anthropogenic (e.g. land use, road construction, power stations, pollution issues) environmental changes and natural hazards.

Previous knowledge expected

Basics in geology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- Knowledge of the global material and energy cycles.

- Identification and understanding natural environmental change and resulting risks.

- Identification and understanding anthropogenic environmental change and resulting risks.

- Understanding selected methodological approaches used in environmental geology.

- Analysis of the effects of environmental changes on risk potentials, and development of suitable mitigation-strategies.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.