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Applied Environmental Modelling

Environmental issues are complex. A systems perspective is required in order to understand today’s multidisciplinary environmental problems, and to identify both long-term solutions and alternatives.

The course is founded in systems science theories (system analysis and system dynamics) and approaches problem solving with the help of conceptual and quantitative modelling, and scenario techniques focusing on natural resource management, anthropogenic environmental impact and sustainability.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning but can also be read as a separate course.

  • Course structure

    The course includes both theoretical and practical components.


    • Theory for Environmental Systems Thinking and Modelling, 7.5 credits
    • Practical Systems Analysis and System Dynamics, 7.5 credits

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and project work.

    Learning outcomes

    After taking the course it is expected that the student will be able to:

    • identify, represent and analyse environmental systems and associated dynamic structures
    • utilize system theoretical methods to conduct diagnostic and prognostic analyses of diverse environmental problems, including identification of sub-systems, processes, delays and non-linear behaviour
    • apply conceptual modelling on practical examples
    • use aggregated computer-based modelling
    • apply scenario techniques, analyse and evaluate scenario assumptions and results
    • analyse uncertainty, knowledge and values when assessing risks.


    For details see syllabus. 

    Plagiarism and regulations for disciplinary matters

    As a student you must be conscientious about clearly accounting for the material used in the texts that are submitted for examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures. 

    Read more about the rules and regulations here: Governing documents relating to education.


    Salim Belyazid

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Erik Hansson

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Salim Belyazid