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    Designing and developing a web tool to support Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Gonzalez, Ainhoa and Gleeson, Justin and McCarthy, Eoghan (2019) Designing and developing a web tool to support Strategic Environmental Assessment. Environmental Modelling and Software, 111. pp. 472-482. ISSN 1364-8152

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    Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) requires taking into account the sensitivity of the area likely to be affected when identifying and characterising potential impacts resulting from plans and programmes. This entails consideration of the intrinsic characteristics that make the area susceptible to change, and incorporation of stakeholder values and concerns. A geospatial approach to these considerations facilitates identification of potential land-use conflicts and better informs planning decisions. Building on online geoprocessing advancements, we have developed an Environmental Sensitivity Mapping web tool containing novel functionality to support SEA. This paper presents the methodological framework for its participative multi-criteria approach and its architecture, and describes its functionality simulating a practical application. The web tool has the potential to break down data access and specialised skills barriers while providing a means for enhancing SEA consistency and transparency. However, data limitations remain affecting its applicability, and further technological advancements may help enhance its functionality.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Dr Ainhoa González, Justin Gleeson, Eoghan McCarthy, Designing and developing a web tool to support Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Modelling & Software, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 472-482, ISSN 1364-8152,
    Keywords: Impact assessment; Geographic information systems; Online geoprocessing; Decision support tool; Multi-criteria assessment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 14118
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    Depositing User: Justin Gleeson
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 14:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Modelling and Software
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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