Risk Assessment & Risk Based Decision Making


The course is aimed for professionals working in projects and engineering works involving environmental re-qualification and management of contaminated areas in urban and / or in industrial environment and in land-use planning studies. It covers the following objectives:

  • Collection of relevant data and information  to assess the risk of contaminated land;
  • Development of site conceptual model
  • Application of the risk models, including the assessment of the mobility of chemicals; the definition of the exposure routes and the selection of the transport models;
  • Estimating the risk for different exposure scenarios;
  • Discussion of  real case  studies for contamination risk assessment.

Main subjects

It will address the most relevant aspects to consider in a risk assessment in the context of contaminated sites. It includes theoretical foundations and practical exercises of real cases. Risk assessment and management studies of contaminated sites in urban and industrial environment and the appropriate  mitigation measures to be adopted will be presented.

  • Risk assessment of contaminated sites: toxicity of contaminants, mobility of chemicals and exposure factors. Risk model, routes of exposure and transport models;
  • Parameters of mobility and transport of contaminants in the environment: Properties and mobility of contaminants. Dispersion and attenuation models, volatilization of contaminants;
  • Estimation of risk values, target values and associated uncertainty.
  • Management of contaminated sites in urban and industrial environments based on risk assessment.

Main skills

The trainees are expected to acquire skills in the preparation of studies on the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the risk at contaminated sites including the planning of tasks to be carried out, the definition of transport and exposure models to be adopted, the critical analysis of data,  evaluation of the variability and uncertainty associated with the estimation of risk values, as well as the definition of acceptable risk and implementation of risk management measures to be adopted.


The course will be presented in English.

Atul M. Salhotra, PhD from MIT , president of Risk Assessment & Management Group (RAM Group), Inc. (Texas, USA), specialist in risk assessment and management of contaminated sites, with several specialization degrees in the area of Geological Engineering, namely in the Geoenvironmental domain; has conducted over 100 courses in 17 different countries.

Graça Brito, PhD in Geological Engineering at FCT NOVA, specialist in the evaluation of contaminated sites.


The Risk Assessment & Risk Based Decision Making course is promoted by FCT NOVA in partnership with the international company RAM Group (Risk Assessment & Management Group, Inc.), under the scientific coordination of GeoBiotec NOVA.

FCT NOVA – Faculty of Sciences of the New University of Lisbon

RAM Group - Risk Assessment & Management Group of Gannett Fleming, Inc.

GeoBioTecNOVA - Geobiosciences, Geotechnologies and Geoengineering of FCT NOVA


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Date of the course

February 26th to 28th, 2019

Local of the course

The course is held in the Formação Training Room Ed. IX, FCT NOVA. Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Secretariat and registration conditions

Registration through FCT NOVA's specialized training platform:

Deadline for submission 12th February

Registration fee (until February 8th): € 690.00

Members of the O.E (until February 8th): € 590.00

After February 8th (conditioned to the existence of vacancies) worsening of € 100.00 on the registration fee.

Cancellation requests received less than one week before the course will be charged a $150 cancellation fee. All fees will be forfeited if cancellation is made three days prior to the course. Substitutions are acceptable.


The course will not be held with less than 20 registrations (confirmation until February 14). Registration fees will be refunded in case of cancellation.

Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:

The course will not be held with less than 20 registrations (confirmation until February 14). Registration fees will be refunded in case of cancellation.

Risk Assessment & Risk Based Decision Making






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About the Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences (DCT) of the NOVA School of Science and Technology, whose regulation was reviewed in 2011 (DR 99, 2nd series of 23 May 2011), is a graduate and post-graduate teaching and research unit in the fields of Science and Geological Engineering and in those related or interdisciplinary fields. It promotes scientific and technological development, service delivery, university extension activities, and the development of dissemination activities.

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