Environmental Monitoring, Including Regional 


Environmental Monitoring, Including Regional Approach

Type of course

Level of course

The course is available as a single study course

Master studies



Semester when the course is delivered


Name of lecturer

Mr. Nickolay Larionov

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • define the basic concepts of environmental monitoring.
  • specify the natural objects, urban and industrial areas in order to design monitoring programs (including those for specific environmental objects – atmosphere, surface waters, and soils).

Admission requirements, prerequisites

Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Process Engineering or any other relevant specialization

Course contents

1 Module

1. Introduction into environmental monitoring. Definitions for the “Environment”, “Monitoring”, “Environmental Monitoring”. Classification of the environmental monitoring systems.

2. Complex analysis of the environmental state. Ways of interactions between human and nature

3. Permissible load towards biosphere and principles of environmental regulation. Limits of the impact towards biological systems and dependency “concentration/doze – response”

2 Module

4. Air monitoring: contaminants, peculiarities of monitoring programs, main indices to be controlled

5. Surface water monitoring: types of water bodies, contaminants, peculiarities of monitoring programs

6. Soil monitoring: indicators, contaminants, peculiarities

3 Module

7. Analysis of the environmental load on a regional level (by the example of Severnaya Dvina river). Main blocks as the basis for mathematical modeling

8. Geographic information systems: components, principles of development, application

9. Satellite monitoring and remote sensing: aims, satellite data treatment

10. Peculiarities of environmental monitoring at different scales

Education and working methods

Working methods are self-study (book reading), lectures, seminars and excursions.

Approximate teaching frequency is 1 lecture and 1 seminar/excursion during the week.

There is a possibility to organize the study process as a module and thus make teaching more often.

Exam and evaluation

Final evaluation – examination takes place after finishing the course.

Evaluation methods – test after finishing each of 3 studying module, seminars.

Evaluation with different parts to be considered

Separate part grades are given, followed by one grade taking into account all part tests at the end of the course. Final grade (that is 60% of an average of the part grades – 20% for each part grade - and 40% of itself of final grade) is given as an examination by the end of the course.

The ones dismissed the course are able to pass all parts examinations, followed by the final exam. Before, they are to present the written protocols of what they have missed during excursions and seminars.

Work demands

All parts are mandatory, especially the seminars and excursions.

Safety teaching

Safety training is taking place before each excursion and is performed by the lecturer.

Practical work

Seminars, excursions within the governmental and controlling bodies, as well as research organizations, performing environmental monitoring, methodological and scientific support.

Language of instruction


Mandatory literature

1. Environmental Monitoring and Characterization by Janick Artiola, Ian L. Pepper, Mark L. Brusseau Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (June 24, 2004) | ISBN: 0120644770 | Pages: 410

2. G. Bruce Wiersma, "Environmental Monitoring" Publisher: CRC; 1st edition (April 27, 2004) | English | 1566706416 | 792 page