Comprehensive environmental assessment: a meta-assessment approach.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

With growing calls for changes in the field of risk assessment, improved systematic approaches for addressing environmental issues with greater transparency and stakeholder engagement are needed to ensure sustainable trade-offs. Here we describe the comprehensive environmental assessment (CEA) approach as a holistic way to manage complex information and to structure input from diverse stakeholder perspectives to support environmental decision-making for the near- and long-term. We further note how CEA builds upon and incorporates other available tools and approaches, describe its current application at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and point out how it could be extended in evaluating a major issue such as the sustainability of biofuels.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Powers, CM; Dana, G; Gillespie, P; Gwinn, MR; Hendren, CO; Long, TC; Wang, A; Davis, JM

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 17

Start / End Page

  • 9202 - 9208

PubMed ID

  • 22889372

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3439956

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-5851

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-936X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/es3023072


  • eng