integrity assessment Articles

  • A modular approach to Integrated Assessment modeling

    In this paper, we present a new approach to model coupling that probably forms the methodological basis of a new generation of Integrated Assessment models. This approach respects the knowledge and expertise that is embodied in existing models and encourages their gradual evolution. Modularity is the guiding principle. Our approach is distinguished by the way modules are coupled which is based on ...


    By Springer-Verlag GmbH

  • Integrated assessment of sustainable development: multiple perspectives in interaction

    Integrated assessment (IA) is a maturing research approach aiming at providing decision support on complex environment-related problems. Although interdisciplinary research is a pre-condition for IA, in order to reach the goals that IA has set it is necessary to go beyond interdisciplinary research efforts alone. There are two major reasons for this: the nature of democratic decision-making, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards a "folk integrated assessment" of climate change?

    This paper questions the assumption that public participation in integrated assessment (IA) means finding (better) ways to make the public engage with IA. Following other studies about public perceptions of expert/scientific knowledge, it is unclear why the public should - or even want to - approach issues (such as climate change) from the epistemologically privileged expert-framed perspectives ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Computers, citizens and climate change: the art of communicating technical issues

    Integrated assessment (IA) is emerging as an approach that is suitable for accommodating the uncertainties and complexities of issues such as climate change, sustainability and lifestyles. With the aim of exploring participatory methodologies within the context of IA, a number of in-depth groups have been conducted in Venice, as part of an EC-funded project called ULYSSES (Urban Lifestyles, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Quality and practice in integrated assessment: some users' perspectives

    This paper describes concepts and ideas related to the integrated assessment (IA) approach, as they are perceived by a limited number of existing or potential IA users. IA is understood here as a reflexive process aimed at supporting the integration of different forms of knowledge within the decision-making process. Interviews with representatives from different Directorates of the European ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Citizen participation for integrated assessment: new pathways in complex systems

    Citizen or community participation is a guiding principle for environmental decision-making, but in practice it is often compromised and contradictory. Two themes in participation can be defined. One is in the "product" or outcome of decision-making, and aims for more effective and appropriate evaluations and decisions. The other is participation in the "process", where ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrated spatial assessment for a creative decision-making process: a combined methodological approach to strategic environmental assessment

    Evaluation has a fundamental role in complex public choices aimed at obtaining a ranking among alternative options and designing new solutions. Starting from this perspective, the so-called 'integrated assessments' - multidimensional tools for a dialogue among different approaches and fields of knowledge - play a privileged role as a suitable decision support tool for public participation at a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Multi-scale integrated analysis of sustainability: a methodological tool to improve the quality of narratives

    The goal of this paper is to illustrate an innovative methodology, multi-scale integrated analysis, developed for dealing with the new challenges implied by multi-criteria analysis of sustainability: an integrated assessment of sustainability requires a multi-dimensional and multi-scale analysis (technical incommensurability); when comparing human values, it is not possible to define, in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An integrated methodology for assessing physical and technological life of products for reuse

    This paper seeks to develop methodologies that aid in predicting the remaining lifetime and reuse potential of used components. The methodologies integrate the physical and the technological life aspects for an integrated assessment. There are three core parts of this research. First, the remaining physical life of used components is derived based on the failure rate data and the statistical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Perceptions and risks in the search for a sustainable world: a model-based approach

    The concept of sustainable development is becoming more and more common in environmental, policy and business circles. Yet it is difficult to operationalise, and when operationalised, it often reflects a narrow disciplinary and/or thematic background and value spectrum. In this paper, we present an integrated assessment model, TARGETS, with which some aspects of the long-term dynamics of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Perspectives on a sustainable future

    This paper presents an integrated assessment study into global change and sustainable development. A global, integrated assessment model called TARGETS, is used to develop a range of global futures. The model is intended to assess a number of the most important links between social, economic and environmental processes on a global scale. A unique feature of the TARGETS model is that it contains ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing a Cyberinfrastructure for Integrated Assessments of Environmental Contaminants

    The objective of this study was to design and implement prototype software for capturing field data and automating the process for reporting and analyzing the distribution of mercury. The four phase process used to design, develop, deploy and evaluate the prototype software is described. Two different development strategies were used: (1) design of a mobile data collection application intended to ...


    By Springer-Verlag GmbH

  • Integrated sustainability assessment: what is it, why do it and how?

    This paper describes a new conceptualisation of sustainability assessment as an integrative and active process at the science-policy-society interface and its implementation as exemplified in case studies within the Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE) project. Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) is defined within the MATISSE project as a cyclical, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Information and communication technology and the popular appropriation of sustainability problems

    Integrated assessment (IA) aims at the integration of knowledge from diverse sources as part of the policy-making process. Frequently, IA exploits computer models and other information and communication technology (ICT) in ways that are accessible to and used by only a limited range of scientists or within expert circles. Deepening the interface between citizens and scientists can, in this view, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrated assessment: rhetoric of models and perceptions of world futures

    Integrated assessment of climate change implies the construction of models describing the very complex interactions among economic processes, geochemical or geophysical phenomena and ecological processes at the Earth level. This attempt is unprecedented in the history of science. To build models of a unique, very large and extremely complex object, the whole Earth, supposes the definition of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Endogenous learning in climate-energy-economic models – an inventory of key uncertainties

    This paper gives an overview of uncertainties related to endogenous learning as observed in integrated assessment models (IAMs) of global warming, both for bottom-up and top-down climate-energy-economic models. A classification is formulated by which uncertainties can be evaluated, and through which one can distinguish between modelling, methodological and parameter uncertainties. We emphasise ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Model uncertainty in economic impacts of climate change: Bernoulli versus Lotka Volterra dynamics

    The dynamic economic behavior in most Integrated Assessment Models linking economic growth to climate change involves a differential equation solved by Jacob Bernoulli in 1695. Using the Dynamic Integrated Climate‐ Economy Model DICE and freezing exogenous variables at initial values, this dynamics is shown to produce implausible projections on a 60 year time frame: If world capital started at ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The role of modelling tools in Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA)

    The paper provides a review of existing modelling tools that have been applied to a wide range of sustainability issues and have been used for policy-relevant sustainability assessments. The review covers biophysical models, socio-economic models as well as integrated approaches. It is discussed at which stages of the Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) cycle models can play an important ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integration of Supply Chain Management systems

    This paper proposes a new model (termed SCM Function Deployment) that would enable managers to design their SCM system more effectively. The outcome of the model helps to: determine the degree of collaboration and integration; assess the required level of interconnectivity between SC partners; identify areas of development and improvement; and make decisions related to transport integration. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Some reflections on the conditions for favouring Integrated Sustainability Assessments

    Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) should be both transformational and humble. This paper examines the political and institutional conditions that will be required to create an appropriate policy analysis framework that will embrace ISA. This will mean better connections between agencies that deliver and departments that ponder and finance. Such a combination will not be easy as there is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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