Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA SEA)

CMM19 Elective Course 2 ECTS
Period 1 week 09.11.2020 - 13.11.2020
Instructor Gunnar Páll Eydal


The course introduces concepts and methodology related to environmental impact assessments (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The course will also review past environmental impact studies, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Special emphasis will be placed on the scientific quality of EIA studies (design and confounding factors) and how authorities comply to regulations and directives. EIA will also be put into the context of the Water Framework Directive and the European Marine Strategy of EU. The course will also explore how to prepare and conduct an impact assessment as well as introduce the theory and methods behind various management systems. The course will also review the rationale behind such management systems as well as their principles, components and use. Different environmental and sustainability management frameworks will be evaluated.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can recall theoretical and practical aspects of EIA and SEA.
  • can critically assess the quality of EIA studies.
  • can put EIA studies into context of the EU framework.
  • can set up EIA projects under different environmental settings, write reports and recommendations for authorities.
  • has shown ability in organizing and implementing environmental and sustainability management systems.


Gunnar Páll Eydal graduated in 2004 with a master´s of Resource Management from the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. In 1997, Gunnar graduated with a B.sc in Geology from the University of Iceland. He specializes in planning of wilderness and rural areas as well as management systems. In 1997-2001, Gunnar was a research associate at the Science Institute University of Iceland, Division of Geophysics. In 2005-2006, he taught courses in geology and environmental management at Ísafjörður College. From 2006-2016 Gunnar worked atEik - planning and environmental consulting in Ísafjörður and from 2016 at Verkís - consulting engeneers office in Ísafjörður. Verkís is currently directing several regional and municipal planning projects of coastal areas.