Baseline study in environmental risk assessment – Escalating need for computer models to be whole-system approach

Butt, Talib and Gouda, H. M. and Alam, A. and Javadi, A.A. and Nunns, M.A. and Allen, T. J. (2017) Baseline study in environmental risk assessment – Escalating need for computer models to be whole-system approach. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (5). pp. 289-313. ISSN 1547-6537

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Despite landfills having the potential to pollute the environment both during their operation and long after they have ceased to receive waste, they remain a dominant waste management option, particularly in the UK. In order to combat the environmental pollution caused by landfills, risk analysis is increasingly being employed through computer models. However, for a risk analysis process to be successful, its foundation has to be well established through a baseline study. This paper aims to identify knowledge gaps in software packages regarding environmental risk assessments in general, and especially those that have been developed specifically for landfills and landfill leachate. The research establishes that there is no holistic computer model for the baseline study of landfills, which risk assessors can use to conduct risk analyses specifically for landfill leachate. This paper also describes a number of factors and features that should be added to the baseline study system in order to render it more integrated – thereby enhancing quantitative risk analysis, and subsequently environmental risk management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Architecture & Design
Depositing User: Talib Butt
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 10:45
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 14:31

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