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2014 Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment. The Nexus between Energy, Food, Water and Land Use.[disponible en anglès]

2014 Neighborhood as Refuge[disponible en anglès]

2013 A new vision of open knowledge systems for sustainability: Opportunities for social scientists. In "World Social Science Report 2013" [disponible en anglès]

2013 "Urban Ecosystem Services" in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities.[disponible en anglès]

"Contaminated mega-site management: the complex problem challenge" in GQ10: Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World

2011 - Editorial: IAHS Publ. nº 342 - ISBN:978-1-907161-16-2- Pags 512

Autors de l'ICTA:
Katharine N. Farrell

Tots els autors':
Mario Schirmer, Katharine N. Farrell, Ken Lyon and James Amstrong.

Abstract
7th International Groundwater Quality Conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, 13–18 June 2010.

In Europe and North America, industrial activity has led to special recognition of sites with mega-contamination (mega-sites), distinguished by the magnitude and chemical complexity of their contamination. They can become nearly intractable problems due to complex and intertwined influences of socio-economic, hydrogeological, biological and political elements. Mega-sites are, and will continue to be, part of the inherited environment in 21st century societies and their long-term management presents new challenges that we specifically address in this paper. We use lessons from the mega-site case study of Leuna, Germany, to develop new long-term strategies for situations where conventional remediation and management approaches may be untenable. These lessons highlight the risks associated with incomplete consideration of complex socio-ecological interactions that cannot easily be analysed or their influences predicted. Accordingly, we propose a broader risk management approach entailing iterative, adaptive assessments of both site based risks and environmental sustainability criteria. We then re-examine project planning approaches for potential mega-sites, proposing that they be expanded to include stakeholder involvement in the design of anticipative post-closure coping strategies. The underlying modelling challenge is to identify sufficient relevant problem factors to cover the broad scope of site characteristics without becoming ensnared in irresolvable detail.

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