The main characteristic of Environmental Systems Analysis is its integrated approach. Knowledge from natural and social sciences as well as technology are combined. This integrated approach of ESA research, which usually includes the experiences and views of different stakeholders as well, is necessary to address complex environmental problems and to make an important contribution to sustainable planning and management.
Students of the MSc programme Environmental Sciences can choose to do a thesis in a topic that is closely related to ongoing research projects within the ESA group or focus on applying systems analysis concepts and methods to an environmental issue of their own choice.
Ongoing research projects within the ESA group are in the domains of:
Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (e.g. quantification and valuation of ecosystem functions and services)
Pollution & nutrients management (e.g. causes and impacts of pollution, nitrogen fluxes, uncertainty analysis and scale issues in modelling);
(Participatory) integrated assessment;
Integrated cost-benefit analysis of multifunctional land use;
Decision support systems and ecological-economic modelling;
- Adaptation to climate change induced ecological impacts and its related socio-economic impacts.