Data processing in the study of territorial metabolism
The development of our societies is facing sustainability issues. Resources extraction and waste emissions have reached unsustainable levels, resulting in worrisome loss of ecosystem services and rarefaction of resources. Thus, assessment of human activity impacts has become a requirement in order to reduce theses impacts, without compromising a sufficient quality of life to which people aspire.
Territorial metabolism is one of the approaches for assessing theses impacts: we focus our attention on the inputs needs (goods, material or energy) of a territory (which can be a city, a region, a country), their transformation, and the ensuing outputs (waste or exported goods). This tackles environmental issues which are resulting of too high and more or less toxic material flows from our anthropic ecosystems to the natural one, and vice versa.
However, the approach has limits due to the complexity of data retrieval and analysis. Thus, the thesis aims to analyse the methods for evaluating territorial metabolism, through the different steps of data gathering, processing and restitution. This will highlight difficulties, but it is also intended to enlarge the possible applications. We will explore methods to overcome the difficulties and to facilitate the actors over a territory to integrate this accounting into governance of territories.
This work should allow for reducing efforts mobilised during the quantitative analysis of territorial metabolism, and for bringing more information with a better quality to the actors to help them in defining sustainable strategies. The methodologic results will be applied regarding the case of the Grand-Est region.
Target completion date
30 sept. 2019
- Benoit Ribon
- Dominique Badariotti, René Kahn
- Université de Strasbourg, Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (ADEME)