Students who major in Environmental Systems Analysis will learn to further develop the methodology and scientific tools of systems analysis and to apply these in strategic research topics, which are mainly society-driven. The applications aim at describing and analysing the causes, mechanisms, and effects of specific environmental problems in order to find potential solutions.
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:
- (Participatory) integrated assessment;
- Pollution management;
- Environmental modelling;
- Integrated cost-benefit analysis of multifunctional land and water use;
- Decision support systems and ecological-economic modelling;
- Environmental function analysis and conflict analysis;
- The behaviour of large-scale models;
- Adaptation to climate change induced ecological impacts and its related socio-economic impacts