The Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES) is a major institution of university education, research, development and expertise in landscape management, applied ecology and the protection of nature and the environment.
It covers the fields virtually completely. In addition to university education, its key activities include research and development. Each of the fields above builds on an extensive base of knowledge and equipment that is unique in the Czech Republic. The Faculty's research activities are long-term, as results from the specific nature of the main subject of research, namely continuous, short-term, mid-term and especially long-term trends in the development of the landscape and environmental processes.
The Faculty's research activities are at a level comparable to other CULS faculties and to similarly focused faculties in the Czech Republic and abroad, and have a continually increasing quality. What is important is comprehensiveness and coherence. This is matched by outputs, which are long-term and comprehensive and are a record of long-term trends in all monitored areas. In addition to the further development of scientific activities, they are also used for formulating practice-oriented research programmes and for expert and consulting activities. The number of FES research applications is also growing, as is the utilization of research and development results in teaching.
Priority research and development areas and fields include:
- General, applied and landscape ecology, population ecology, community ecology, protection of biodiversity, management of protected areas
- Protection of selected components of the environment, EIA/SEA methodology issues, old environmental burdens, environmental chemistry, transport of hazardous substances, environmental modelling, waste utilization and disposal
- Comprehensive landscape use and improvement, soil protection, reclamation of devastated areas, land improvement
- Hydrological cycle of ecosystems and the landscape and precipitation-runoff process in the landscape including options for its management, modelling hydrological processes in the landscape
- Land-use planning and urbanism of the countryside, countryside structures