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Environmental Warning System Based on the DPSIR Model: A Practical and Concise Method for Environmental Assessment

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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
Yunnan Provincial Appraisal Center for Environmental Engineering, Kunming 650032, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1728;
Received: 7 May 2018 / Revised: 17 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
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Though we are in urgent need of environmental warnings to slow environmental deterioration, currently, there is no internationally concise method for environmental warnings. In addition, the existing approaches do not combine the three aspects of ecology, resources, and environment. At the same time, the three elements of the environment (air, water, and soil) are separated in most environmental warning systems. Thus, the method this paper gives is an innovative attempt and aims to make environmental assessment more practical. This paper establishes the index system of an environmental early warning based on the Driving–Pressure–State–Influence–Response (DPSIR) model. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method was used to determine the weights. Next, single and integrated index methods further assess the environmental warning state, in which the weighted summation method is used to summarize the data and results. The case of Tianjin is used to confirm the applicability of this method. In conclusion, the method in this paper is more well-behaved and, therefore, more suitable to assist cities in their environmental assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: DPSIR; environmental warning; environmental impact assessment; index system DPSIR; environmental warning; environmental impact assessment; index system

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Wang, W.; Sun, Y.; Wu, J. Environmental Warning System Based on the DPSIR Model: A Practical and Concise Method for Environmental Assessment. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1728.

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