Sunday, 7 August 2011

Environmental Consultant Addresses Various Types of Environmental Issues

An independent environment consultant works on commercial or government contracts to cater to the various types of environmental needs of their clients. They may collaborate with environmental engineering services or environment consultancy to provide various types of solutions to environmental issues. To divide broadly, they work on wide range of issues such as assessment of air, land and water contamination, environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, waste management and the development of environmental policy and environmental management systems. Though, the choice of this career may seem unusual, it offers structured and steady professional life with reasonably good potentials to grow as well specialize in the area.

As discussed, job of environmental consultant spans across many disciplines, the major task is whether there is any pollution or damage to land, air or water. And, this is normally done by desk-based research and field work. Having researched this, the consultants are also expected to assess the impact of the polluted source on receptor that may be humans or groundwater or any other thing that may is likely to bear the brunt of the pollution.

Following are some of the activities of environmental consultant:
  • Managing and conducting various surveys such as collecting data to establish a standard against which levels of pollution for a site or an area can be measured
  • Managing issues related to legislation and law and making people aware about how both of them affect them as well as environment
  • Having surveyed, most important phase is to interpret the data. This is mainly comprised of detailed assessment of data, often using software-modeling packages to identify whether 'contamination' exists in accordance with current legislation of the respective country
  • Another job of environmental consultant or environmental consultancy is to develop conceptual models. In this models, he needs to identify and consider what are the sources of contamination or pollution, critical analysis and receptors that could potentially have an adverse impact on the immediate and wider environment.