Evaluation of Environmental Assessment Methods

by Robert Nichols, Research Assoc.; Inst. for Environmental Studies, Univ. of North Carolina, 311 Pittsboro St. 256H, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514,
Eric Hyman, Research Intern; East-West Center, Environment and Policy Inst., 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 87-105

Document Type: Journal Paper


Twelve representative methods for environmental assessment are described, evaluated, and compared in terms the following seven evaluation criteria: treatment of the probabilistic nature of environmental quality, incorporation of indirect and feedback effects, dynamic characteristics, multiple-objectives approach to social welfare, clear separation of facts and values, facilitation of participation, efficiency in resource and time requirements.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Probability | Quality control | Social factors

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