Mikael Skou Andersen

Pathways and impacts of nitrogen in water bodies: establishing a framework for integrated assessment modelling of management benefits

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Monetization of environmental benefits has become relevant as an element of proportionality tests required for justifications under the EU’s Water Framework Directive article 4 (relating to benefits andcosts of measures). This study extends an impact pathway approach to analysis of aquatic pollution, whereby both ecosystem and human health effects are considered. Diffuse nitrogen-loss from agricultural activities is the main pollution source in focus within the framework, while the catchments explored are situated in Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and UK. Methodologically the study demonstrates how state-of-the-art environmental modelling can be linked with valuation to provide an adequate cross-media assessment framework relevant to integrated water quality management. The results must be regarded as illustrative and more research is required in several areas to consolidate relationships relating to exposures. The findings nevertheless suggest the significance of health effects for overall monetary benefits related to ecological quality objectives for water.
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearJun 2015
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Event21st Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 24 Jun 201527 Jun 2015
Conference number: 21


Conference21st Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

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