Title: Weighting and Aggregation of Indicators for Sustainability Impact Assessment in the IP SENSOR Context
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC44307
ISBN: 978-3-540-78647-4
URI: http://www.springer.com/geography/human+geography/book/978-3-540-78647-4
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In reply to the need of developing methods for evaluating multi-dimensional problems in sustainability assessment, the scientific literature provides many examples related to the theory and implementation of com-posite indicators. In the context of the SENSOR project, dealing with the ex-ante assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts of European policies on multifunctional land use, new constraints and dimen-sions are added to the exercise. Examples are the need for consistency across European regions and across different scales of analysis; the use of qualitative and quantitative information; the possibility of aggregation to different administrative levels (sensitive areas, Member States, cluster re-gions, EU); and the correct balancing of the sustainability dimensions. In order to build an appropriate system of composite indicators in such a complex scenario and in order to evaluate the possibilities for satisfying the SENSOR requirements, this paper presents a critical review of existing methods for weighting and aggregation of indicators, and verifies the char-acteristics of selected approaches against the needs of impact assessment in general and the SENSOR requirements in particular.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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