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.
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2015 - Granada, Spain|
Duration: 22 Feb 2015 → 27 Feb 2015
|Conference||ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2015|
|Period||22/02/2015 → 27/02/2015|
Cosme, N. M. D., & Olsen, S. I. (2015). A teaching and communication tool based on DPSIR and LCIA indicator for marine eutrophication. Abstract from ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2015, Granada, Spain.