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International Joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program on \"Ecological Risk Assessment and Coastal Management (ERACOM)\"
19.08.2013

by: Antonios Mazaris

In the context of increasing anthropogenic impacts on coastal marine areas it is needed student to become familiar with knowledge and methodologies for ecological risk assessment and environmental management. In this context the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), Greece, the Department of Biology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, UNCC-USA and the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences of Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy (Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell\'Ambiente (DiSVA), (Università Politechnica delle Marche) (UNIVPM), offer a M.Sc. Program on \"Ecological Risk Assessment and Coastal Management (ERACOM)\". The M.Sc. Diploma is awarded by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is written in English, Greek and Italian languages. This program follows an integrated policy based on the Directive 2000/60/EC known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFD).

The program is cross-disciplinary and prepares students for diverse and exciting positions in both public and private sectors supporting the regional and national economy. The master program brings together people of different backgrounds who share their experience, knowledge, and ideas in a small-scale, creative and fertile intellectual environment, with the goal of finding ways of using natural resources in a sustainable way.

Among the fields which the master\'s program in ERACOM prepares students to work in are marine resources, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching and research. The program is internationally oriented and taught in English. Students also study specifics of ocean and sediment movement; the action of waves, currents and tides; sediment transport; and marine biology. The importance of sustainable use of natural resources is an important facet of coastal management studies. Those who go on to pursue master\'s and/or doctorate degrees will likely focus on a specific component of coastal management, such as public policy, fisheries management or resource economics. Graduate students will do more in-depth research, requiring hours at lab and in field. Those with advanced degrees will be better equipped to conduct or assist in major research in the field after graduation.

Please see the link below for more information:
http://eracom.bio.auth.gr/

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