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.

Open Systems for the Tracking and Analysis Framework

Access to National Information Infrastructure resources should benefit the TAF.

Can a Network-Based Environmental Integrated Analysis (Net-EIA) system be used to allow policy analysts to structure problems within the Tracking and Analysis Framework (TAF)? How can the resources available over the National Information Infrastructure (NII) be utilized to enhance the TAF?

TAF was developed specifically for the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP).

The objective of this task is to design and develop a small-scale, proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate the potential utility of the proposed Net-EIA tool. It is anticipated that the ability of accessing and using databases and models through computer network communication will effectively benefit the TAF.

Tonn, B., H.-L. Hwang, and R. Goeltz. 1995. Analysis of NAPAP open-system framework. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (in preparation).

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