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Title: Systematic comparative and sensitivity analyses of additive and outranking techniques for supporting impact significance assessments

Abstract

Assessing the significance of environmental impacts is one of the most important and all together difficult processes of Environmental Impact Assessment. This is largely due to the multicriteria nature of the problem. To date, decision techniques used in the process suffer from two drawbacks, namely the problem of compensation and the problem of identification of the 'exact boundary' between sub-ranges. This article discusses these issues and proposes a methodology for determining the significance of environmental impacts based on comparative and sensitivity analyses using the Electre TRI technique. An application of the methodology for the environmental assessment of a Power Plant project within the Valencian Region (Spain) is presented, and its performance evaluated. It is concluded that contrary to other techniques, Electre TRI automatically identifies those cases where allocation of significance categories is most difficult and, when combined with sensitivity analysis, offers greatest robustness in the face of variation in weights of the significance attributes. Likewise, this research demonstrates the efficacy of systematic comparison between Electre TRI and sum-based techniques, in the solution of assignment problems. The proposed methodology can therefore be regarded as a successful aid to the decision-maker, who will ultimately take the final decision.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Valencia University of Technology, Camino de Vera, s/n 46.022 Valencia (Spain). E-mail: cloquell@dpi.upv.es
  2. Valencia University of Technology, Camino de Vera, s/n 46.022 Valencia (Spain). E-mail: rmonterd@dpi.upv.es
  3. Valencia University of Technology, Camino de Vera, s/n 46.022 Valencia (Spain). E-mail: vacloque@upvnet.upv.es
  4. Valencia University of Technology, Camino de Vera, s/n 46.022 Valencia (Spain). E-mail: csantama@agf.upv.es
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20861666
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2006.08.005; PII: S0195-9255(06)00101-6; Copyright (c) 2007 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ADDITIVES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; PERFORMANCE; POWER PLANTS; SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

Citation Formats

Cloquell-Ballester, Vicente-Agustin, Monterde-Diaz, Rafael, Cloquell-Ballester, Victor-Andres, and Santamarina-Siurana, Maria-Cristina. Systematic comparative and sensitivity analyses of additive and outranking techniques for supporting impact significance assessments. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.08.005.
Cloquell-Ballester, Vicente-Agustin, Monterde-Diaz, Rafael, Cloquell-Ballester, Victor-Andres, & Santamarina-Siurana, Maria-Cristina. Systematic comparative and sensitivity analyses of additive and outranking techniques for supporting impact significance assessments. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.08.005.
Cloquell-Ballester, Vicente-Agustin, Monterde-Diaz, Rafael, Cloquell-Ballester, Victor-Andres, and Santamarina-Siurana, Maria-Cristina. Mon . "Systematic comparative and sensitivity analyses of additive and outranking techniques for supporting impact significance assessments". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.08.005.
@article{osti_20861666,
title = {Systematic comparative and sensitivity analyses of additive and outranking techniques for supporting impact significance assessments},
author = {Cloquell-Ballester, Vicente-Agustin and Monterde-Diaz, Rafael and Cloquell-Ballester, Victor-Andres and Santamarina-Siurana, Maria-Cristina},
abstractNote = {Assessing the significance of environmental impacts is one of the most important and all together difficult processes of Environmental Impact Assessment. This is largely due to the multicriteria nature of the problem. To date, decision techniques used in the process suffer from two drawbacks, namely the problem of compensation and the problem of identification of the 'exact boundary' between sub-ranges. This article discusses these issues and proposes a methodology for determining the significance of environmental impacts based on comparative and sensitivity analyses using the Electre TRI technique. An application of the methodology for the environmental assessment of a Power Plant project within the Valencian Region (Spain) is presented, and its performance evaluated. It is concluded that contrary to other techniques, Electre TRI automatically identifies those cases where allocation of significance categories is most difficult and, when combined with sensitivity analysis, offers greatest robustness in the face of variation in weights of the significance attributes. Likewise, this research demonstrates the efficacy of systematic comparison between Electre TRI and sum-based techniques, in the solution of assignment problems. The proposed methodology can therefore be regarded as a successful aid to the decision-maker, who will ultimately take the final decision.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2006.08.005},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = 1,
volume = 27,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}