A teaching and communication tool based on DPSIR and LCIA indicator for marine eutrophication

Nuno Miguel Dias Cosme, Stig Irving Olsen

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    The Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses (DPSIR) is an adaptive environmental management approach that integrates environmental, social, and economic aspects into a common framework. Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) indicators aim at modelling the P-S-I components and provide background to understand D-R. The DPSIR approach was applied to the LCIA indicator for marine eutrophication to communicate sustainability assessment to graduate students. Broadly, this science-based educational example is useful to predict impacts, communicate knowledge, and support decisions. It assesses the high demand for fixation of reactive nitrogen (D) to support socioeconomic secondary drivers. Nitrogen exported to marine ecosystems (P) induces changes in the environmental conditions (S) including dissolved oxygen depletion that cause effects on biota (I). These, stimulate society into designing actions (R) to modify D, reduce P, and restore S. LCIA indicators also support a precautionary approach acting earlier on D-P and promoting sustainability. LCIA-based DPSIR seems a useful tool for sustainability teaching and communication purposes, bridging science and management while promoting a good conceptual understanding of sustainable development in practical educational applications. Other LCIA indicators may be adapted to fit similar purposes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2015 - Granada, Spain
    Duration: 22 Feb 201527 Feb 2015


    ConferenceASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2015
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      Nuno Miguel Dias Cosme (Participant)

      22 Feb 201527 Feb 2015

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