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 ( for more information.

Environmental Sciences Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) conducts environmental research and systems analyses to evaluate the effects that energy generation technologies have on the environment and to understand complex environmental relationships. Assessing and predicting the effects of environmental changes are essential to reducing environmental risks and impacts and to managing natural resources wisely.

ESD is a national resource committed to leadership and excellence in interdisciplinary environmental research and ecosystems analysis. A major goal of the research conducted in ESD is to preserve and improve the quality of the environment for future generations.

ESD is involved in basic and applied research, environmental assessments, environmental engineering, and demonstrations of advanced technology. In addition, the division provides technical guidance for regulatory compliance and program management for the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal and state governments, colleges and universities, and businesses, both large and small.

Research currently under way addresses major environmental issues of public and scientific concern, including:

ESD's success as a research facility is enhanced by its ability to conduct interdisciplinary studies.

Where To?

[ Table of Contents for ORNL Integrated Assessment Briefs ]

Integrated Assessment Briefs. 1995. ORNL/M-4227. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.