This is a brief description of studies that exemplify
the methods and approaches that have been developed and used by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
researchers in conducting integrated assessments. See the complete
list of Integrated Assessment Briefs to
find out more about ORNL's efforts in integrated assessment. Contact
Mike Farrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more
The Energy Division's mission is to provide innovative solutions to energy and related issues
of national and global importance through interdisciplinary research and development. The
division is committed to:
Disciplines represented in the division include engineering, social sciences, physical and life
sciences, and computer sciences and data systems.
- understanding the mechanisms by which societies make choices in energy use;
- improving society's understanding of the environmental, social, and economic
implications of technological change;
- developing and transferring energy-efficient technologies;
- improving transportation policy and planning;
- enhancing basic knowledge in the social sciences as related to energy and associated
- providing a unique climate that allows engineers and physical, environmental, and social
scientists to address major societal problems and to develop professionally in their respective
The division's programmatic activities cover three main areas: (1) analysis and assessment, (2)
energy conservation technologies, and (3) transportation systems. Analysis and assessment
activities involve energy and resource analysis, preparation of environmental assessments and
impact statements, research and emergency preparedness, transportation analysis, and analysis
of energy and environmental needs in developing countries.
Energy use and delivery of technologies focus on electric power systems, building equipment,
building envelopes (walls, foundations, roofs, attics and materials), and methods to improve
energy efficiency in existing buildings. Transportation systems research is conducted both to
improve the quality of civilian transportation and for sponsors within the U.S. military to
improve the efficiency of deployment, scheduling, and transportation coordination.
[ Table of Contents for ORNL Integrated Assessment Briefs ]
Integrated Assessment Briefs. 1995. ORNL/M-4227. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.