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Scientific research no longer deals only with technological development but now also deals with the consequences of such developments. One of the current areas of research is known as technology assessment and its purpose is to assess the positive and negative aspects of technological innovation. The first part of this report considers how to assess the state of the environment, how to determine environmental indicators and indices, the problems encountered in defining air quality and atmospheric pollution indices and the current trends in monitoring strategies. The second part considers how to take decisions based on multiple criteria, with the need to identify and consider various objectives simultaneously in analysing and resolving environmental problems. The third part outlines systems of support for the decision-making process, and describes some applications with reference to the RITO project (a system to support decision-making in the management of toxic industrial waste at regional level) and to the MAPO project (a system of support to decision-making in the planning and control of reclamation projects in the Po basin).

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Authors: PARUCCINI M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Eurocourse Chimici e ambiente : legislazione, metodologie e applicazioni, Ispra (IT), June 22-26, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 37170 ORA
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