Environmental Impact & Quality Assessment

This module presents the concepts and methods used in marine ecological quality assessment and environmental impact assessment (EIA) for decision-makers from 3 different perspectives: academic (research), regulatory (legal and policy framework) and operational (consultancy).


EQUAL | #Environmental Data Analysis | #Science & Society | 4 ECTS

Semester 3 (Fall)


Learning outcomes

Students should be able to

  • understand the role of the different actors (academic, regulatory, political and operational) in the monitoring of an EIA
  • design monitoring programs to analyze the quality of the environment
  • conduct environmental diagnostics / impact assessment (assess biodiversity, ecological quality & ecosystem services provided, predict impacts of new developments) 
  • weight impacts across time, comparing costs & benefits of a decision using supporting tools (legislation, GIS...). 
  • transform scientific results into recommendations for decision makers


  • Academic framework of Environmental Impact Assessment
    • The value of Nature
    • Nature and purpose of EIA
    • Origins & developments
    • Procedure (Screening, Scoping, Environmental baseline, Impact assessment, Mitigation & Compensation)
  • Variables of interest
  • Marine environmental impacts and activities
  • French vs international regulations and policies
  • Case studies in Environmental Impact Assessment: current local projects with site visits
  • Case studies in Environmental Quality Assessment and Management: Early warning systems for Harmful algal blooms 


  • Florian Brehin (CREOCEAN, module coordinator)
  • Sébastien Bigarré (Geocorail, Marseille)
  • Marie-Yasmine Dechraoui Bottein (ECOSEAS, Université Côte d'Azur)
  • Christophe Mocquet (Université Côte d'Azur)
  • Sébastien Moreau (Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø)
  • Frédéric Villers (Office Français de la Biodiversité)


  • Written examination (final)
  • Projects
The other Semester 3 modules
The other #Environmental Data analysis modules

The other #Science and Society modules