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EPSRC Reference: GR/M15545/01
Title: A MULTI-CRITERIA ANALYSIS/RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL TO ASSESS THE RELATIVE SUSTAINABILITY OF WATER SYSTEMS
Principal Investigator: Ashley, Professor RM
Other Investigators:
Samson, Dr W Moir, Dr J Hendry, Ms S
Davies, Dr JW Blackwood, Professor D Oltean-Dumbrava, Professor C
Morison, Dr M Dunkerley, Ms J Lawson, Dr A
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Project Partners:
Chalmers University of Technology Environment Agency (Grouped) Pre Nexus Migration
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency Severn Trent Water Ltd West of Scotland Water Authority
Department: Sch of Computing and Creative Tech
Organisation: Abertay University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 1998 Ends: 30 November 2001 Value (£): 79,855
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Water
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The problem of defining when one system or another is more or less sustainable is difficult, and utilities are currently faced with intractable questions when trying to decide whether changes to systems or practices will result in greater or lesser sustainability. This issue is crucial in current thinking for investment in the UK water industry has implications which potentially affect decision about millions of pounds worth of investment both in the immediate and longer term future. Such issues are important to all elements of developed societies and have major implications for developing economics. The proposed project is an extension of the work of two multi-disciplinary teams currently funded under the EPSRC sustainable cities initiative. These teams, together with additional researcher, propose to develop a prototype simulation toll to integrate analytical systems (largely already developed) for the analysis of the economic, environmental, technical and social-health components which are required to determine relative sustainability. Utilities may use the tool to determine whether system changes are likely to result in more or less sustainability in terms of these perspectives. The prototype tool will be tested using tow case studies (sanitary wastewater and water distribution).
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