Parameter Tree:
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT > ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS

Definition:
The systematic identification and evaluation of the potential impacts of proposed projects, plans, programs, policies, or legislative actions upon the physical, chemical, biological, cultural, and socioeconomic components of the environment.

Reference:
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Third Edition. New York:McGraw-Hill, Inc.