Environmental Impact Assessments

Environmental impact assessment has become a universal tool for environmental management and as a support for decision making at multiple scales.

At IHCantabria we apply various international approaches to the analysis of environmental risks and impacts, developing its own methodologies at different scales and levels: (i) Environmental risk assessment of aquatic ecosystems (protected areas, marinas, commercial ports, shellfish resource production areas.) for the definition of management and conservation measures on a regional scale, (ii) Environmental risk assessment of pollutants for the definition of management strategies at the local level (bathing water, port, estuary.), (iii) Space-time risk assessment of specific activities (dredging, hydrocarbon management, installation of marine renewable energies) for the design of contingency plans and environmental monitoring programs.

The methodologies we develop at IHCantabria, based on numerical modelling and software also developed by us, arise in a multidisciplinary environment that integrates scientists, managers, lawyers and risk assessment specialists.

METHOLOGY

We evaluate the environmenta impact and risk of aquatic ecosystems (e.g. protected areas, biological resources extraction zones, marinas, commercial ports).

We analyse and model flow series and management of altered hydrologic regimes.

We assess the environmental risk and impact of specific activities (e.g. urban and industrial discharges, dredging, channeling, marine renewable energy infrastructures) at different spatio-temporal scales.

We draft of environmental impact studies and strategic environmental studies.

We develop mathematical models of water quality.

Proposal for management and conservation measures at the regional level.

We carry out studies of the impact on the Natura 2000 network.

We develop decision support systems (DSS)

SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS

PRESTIGE spillage

Program to predict, protect against and evaluate the effects on the Cantabrian coast of oil spilled by the Prestige. 2003-2006. Government of Cantabria.

R.O.M. 5.1

“Quality of coastal waters in port areas”. 2013. Ports of the State.
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Environmental Sustainability Report

Master Plan for Infrastructures in the Port of Santander. 2012. Port Authority of Santander.

AMBEMAR

Development of a decision support system for environmental impact studies on marine renewable energies 2017-2018. SODERCAN.
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XABIER GUINDA

Researcher || Expert in Impact Assessments

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