Decision support for sustainable remediation in urban areas

Start date 01/01/2010
End date The project is closed: 30/09/2016

​In historical cities, old industrial sites and waste deposits are more or less integrated in the expanding city. In order to remediate those sites, environmental and human health risks must be assessed and managed such that all aspects of sustainability are taken into consideration and treats conflicting objectives on a local, regional and global level.

The overall objective of the project is to develop a procedure based on multi-criteria analysis (MCA), which can be practically applied in decision-making in the building process, for evaluating sustainability of remediation alternatives. The MCA procedure, which will consider the ecological, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of a decision, will be developed by application in three demonstration projects.

Specific goals are: (1) to generate good examples of applications of the MCA procedure and (2) to gain practical experience on involving stakeholders and experts and on communicating the results in order to meet the increasing demand on transparent decision making. The procedure will be evaluated with regard to e.g. the expertise needed, complexity and time required, how it can act as a basis for communication, data requirements, and the possibilities for stakeholders to take part of the decision process. Methods for stakeholder involvement will be applied to investigate possibilities for increased transparency and communication and methods for expert elicitation to make structured estimates of uncertain parameters.


The project is carried out at the Division of GeoEngineering, research group Engineering Geology.

Keywords: remediation, contaminated land, sustainable, MCA, decision support

Project members
​Jenny Norrman
Chalmers Areas of Advance
​Built Environment

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