Environmental Evaluation & Decision Support Tools

New technological approaches can only be implemented with the full engagement of a wide range of stakeholders.  The Centre has developed the SAVE Framework to enhance inclusive decision making for sustainable development to support the uptake in a society of sustainable technologies.  This involves three inter-related components; Assessment, Visualisation and Enhancement as shown below.
This research theme assists the implementation in a society of sustainable technologies by investigating new ways of:
  • Measuring the social, environmental and economic impact of the technologies through the use of sustainability indicators.
  • Understanding how decisions are made, when they are and by whom to ensure that the right information on sustainable development can be made available to the right stakeholders and the right time.
  • Communicating the complex sustainability indicators in a way that can be understood by a wide range of stakeholders.

Environmental Evaluation & Decision

Research in this area examines ways of ensuring that the social technological and economic aspects of sustainable technologies and sustainable development are considered within decision making processes.

This work involves the selection, testing and application of current and new sustainability indicators to convey, to a wide range of stakeholders, the data that are necessary for sustainability assessment and monitoring throughout the life of projects.  This requires a detailed understanding of decision making processes to ensure the indicators are appropriate to the needs of the stakeholders to enable adequate consideration is given to sustainability issues throughout the process.  This understanding also allows the impact of key decisions on sustainability to be assessed and enables more sustainable strategies and actions to be devised.  The team have developed and applied a combination of techniques drawn from the information technology, knowledge management and business process mapping fields which provide a detailed understanding of the ways in which decisions are made in a number of research projects.

Recent projects include:

Scottish Water Mapping

Sustainability Enhancement of Dundee Central Water Front


Visualisation of Environmental Issues

This research theme includes the interpretation of the numerical output from environmental models so that they can be readily understood by decision makers.  The work is highly technical using techniques developed for the computer games industry and involves the development of models of environmental phenomena and the conversion of their numerical outputs into 3D interactive simulations of rural and urban environments which can be more readily understood by stakeholders in environmental decision making.

Recent projects include:

S-City Vt