integrity assessment Articles

  • Learning and evaluation in Integrated Sustainability Assessment

    This paper explains why learning, especially social learning, and evaluation are essential and integral parts of Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA). This is linked to the intent and purpose of ISA as a process that seeks to achieve transformative outcomes, including through issue reframing. The goals of ISA require a participatory process, adaptability and an iterative architecture with, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing Environmental Integration in EU Agriculture

    Farming has a strong impact on the environment in the European Union (EU), both in a negative and a positive sense. The common agricultural policy (CAP) is a major driver of the agricultural sector, and can therefore positively influence environmental management by farmers. This briefing investigates whether relevant policy measures are well-targeted from a biodiversity perspective. It ...

  • 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

  • Integrated condition assessment for Navy system of systems

    Although the US Navy has made great strides in integrating technology to monitor and assess the condition of sub–systems, little is understood about how to fuse this data in order to construct a higher level awareness of the ship's overall readiness or current state. Drawing upon systems theory and systems–based approaches, we identify principles of hierarchy, control, suboptimisation, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integrated regional risk assessment: the situation in Switzerland

    In 1991, new regulations and ordinances concerning 'protection against incidents' came into effect in Switzerland. The Federal Office for Environment, Forests and Landscape (BUWAL) published guidance rules (Handbooks I-III) defining the risk methodology to be followed. Recognising the need for an integrated approach to risk management, a joint project, Polyproject on Risk and Safety of Technical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An integrated approach for urban water quality assessment

    This paper introduces an integrated approach for the assessment of receiving water quality and the relative contribution of the urban drainage system to perceived receiving water quality problems. The approach combines mass balances with relatively simple receiving water impact models. The research project has learned that the urban drainage system is only one of the determining factors with ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • An integrated perspective on assessing agricultural air quality

    The biogeochemical cycling of trace gases (e.g. nitrogen, sulphur, etc.), and contaminants on local, regional, and global scales is a complex system of emissions, transformations, transport, and deposition. To date, limited, if any, attempt has been made on quantifying and identifying direct emissions of gaseous sulphur compounds from agricultural operations. This represents a major regulatory ...


    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

  • 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

  • Sharing Transboundary Waters - an integrated assessment of equitable entitlement : the Legal Assessment model

    More than 40 per cent of the world’s population -- including some of the most poverty stricken -- depend upon water that originates in sources beyond their national borders. How can they be assured access to adequate water supply and sanitation if their State is subject to the activities of other sovereign entities? When a transboundary watercourse State (TWC State) uses more than its ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Change point analysis and assessment: an integrated methodological design

    The aim of this article is to develop an analytical framework for studying processes such as continuous innovation and business development in high-tech SME clusters that transcends the traditional qualitative-quantitative divide. The article’s key contribution is the conceptual integration of four existing and well-recognised but separate approaches to studying events, processes, and change, ...


    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

  • ANEMI: a new model for integrated assessment of global change

    This paper describes a new model, ANEMI, for the integrated assessment of climate and global change. ANEMI reproduces the main characteristics of eight sectors of the society-biosphere-climate system - climate, carbon cycle, land use, population, surface water flow, water use, water quality, and the economy - and explores the manner in which interactions, or feedbacks, between these components ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing a fast photochemical calculator for an integrated assessment model

    The use of integrated assessment models, in air quality policy, which combines atmospheric models with others from different fields, raises the need of developing specific air quality modelling concepts. The air quality model, AUSTAL2000–AYLTP uses an adapted version of AUSTAL2000 model to calculate transport coupled with a fast photochemical module. Two approaches are compared: one using a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A novel integrated assessment methodology of urban water reuse

    Wastewater is no longer considered a waste product and water reuse needs to play a stronger part in securing urban water supply. Although treatment technologies for water reclamation have significantly improved the question that deserves further analysis is, how selection of a particular wastewater treatment technology relates to performance and sustainability? The proposed assessment model ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Life cycle assessment of integrated circuit packaging technologies.

    Background, aim and scope  Nanostructured polymer particles are produced to be used in ball grid array (BGA) and chip scale packaging (CSP). The technology could replace conventional BGA and CSP metal balls, and the hypothesis is that the shift could be eco-efficient as polymer core particles increase the reliability. For the first time, these particles are environmentally ...


    By Vestlandsforsking

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