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Decision Analysis for Comparative Life Cycle Assessment

Abstract Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) quantifies environmental impacts of products in raw material extraction, processing, manufacturing, distribution, use and final disposal. The findings of an LCA can be used to improve industry practices, to aid in product development, and guide public policy. Unfortunately, existing approaches to LCA are unreliable in the cases of emerging technologies, where data is unavailable and rapid technological advances outstrip environmental knowledge. Previous studies have demonstrated several shortcomings to existing practices, including the masking of environmental impacts, the difficulty of selecting appropriate weight sets for multi-stakeholder problems, and difficulties in exploration of variability and uncertainty... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Prado-Lopez, Valentina (Author) / Seager, Thomas P (Advisor) / Landis, Amy E (Committee member) / Chester, Mikhail (Committee member) / White, Philip (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Environmental management / Engineering / Decision Analysis / Life Cycle Assessment / normalization / outranking / stochastic / valuation
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 82 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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