Téma ismertetése

  • General information

    BMEEOVKAT41 | Basics of Environmental Engineering

  • Results

    Midterm and Final marks

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the subject. The relation of humanity and the environment. Economy and the environment. Symptoms of a global environmental crisis. The birth of environment protection: the limits to growth, the idea of sustainability. The Holocene-Anthropocene transition.

    • Week 2

      Introduction to system dynamics and the concept of planetary boundaries.

    • Week 3

      Selected material flows and their management issues. Anthropogenic perturbation of the nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon and water cycles.

    • Week 4

      Pollution - first part. Definitions. The pollution process and its indicators. The evolution of environmental protection paradigms through examples of water pollution: plagues and sanitation, dissolved oxygen problem in rivers and wastewater treatment, eutrophication of water bodies and watershed management. Mixing and dilution of pollutants in water.

      • Week 5

        Pollution - second part. Classification and sources of air pollutant substances. Health-related and environmental effects of air pollution. The evolution of environmental protection paradigms through examples of air pollution: dispersion of air pollutants from point sources, the effect of atmospheric stability, smog types. A summary of end-of-pipe solutions (flue gas cleaning) and the global success story of source-control measures: stopping the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer.

        • Week 6

          Ecosystem services.

          • Week 7

            Environmental disasters.

            • Week 8

              National holiday (no class).

              • Week 9

                From economic to environmental indices. The HDI as a new socio-economic indicator of well-being. The ecological footprint as an integrated indicator of the effect of human activities on the environment. Introduction to ecological footprint analysis. Presentation and evaluation of global and local ecological footprints. Conclusions and criticism. Examples for the overuse of natural resources.

                • Week 10

                  Climate change: viewpoints on the phenomenon, the contributing processes and possible outcomes (movie).

                  • Week 11

                    Overview of current energy consumption and production schemes, with emphasis on the alternatives of carbon-based sources. Discussion of nuclear energy utilization technology in electricity generation.

                    • Week 12

                      Discussion of hydrostatic, wind and solar energy utilization technologies in electricity generation. Direct uses of solar and geothermal energy. (Geothermal, biomass and ocean energy, as well as cost trends of renewable energy utilization were not covered during the lecture, FYI the slides are available).

                      • Week 13

                        Written test (in class time).

                        • Week 14

                          Environmental regulation and legislation.