Summer School Leipzig 2014

The Summer School ‘14 Building interdisciplinary tools for long-term contaminated site management will take place in Leipzig (Germany) on 16th – 20th June 2014. It has the aim to develop the fundamental building blocks of site management (handling scientific uncertainty) to cover decision making at the local scale (public understanding of risk) and regional scale (constructive conflict resolution). Scenarios covered emphasise innovative options such as the cost of re-using brownfields for energy production. With a hands-on approach that includes modelling tutorials and a visit to a remediation site, participants will be challenged to use scientific and socio-economic data to develop sustainable site administration plans.

Day 1

09:00 - 10:30  
11:00 - 12:30  
13:30 - 15:00 Integrated Planning and Assessment of Site Re-Use Options  (Michael Finkel, University of Tübingen)
oooooooooooo We will discuss the idea and concepts of  an integrated assessment of re-use options for contaminated sites. The focus will be set on the objectives and challenges of developing appropriate spatial decision support tools that can (i) integrate the manifold relevant topics into one system, (ii) manage the complicated balance between complexity of information and transparency of results, and (iii) provide guidance to  stakeholders while analysing the huge number of factors that influenceoptimal future land use on contaminated sites. The participants will get introduced to the prototype software solutions that have been developed in TIMBRE and previous research projects. The participants will have the chance to test the web-based site assessment and re-use planning tool (SAT) during the Summer School.
15:30 - 17:00  

For more information, please visit

Decision Support System for Contaminated Sites and Brownfields Assessment and Management

Authors: Lisa Pizzol, Erika Rizzo, Elisa Giubilato, Alex Zabeo, Andrea Critto, Antonio Marcomini

Since the second half of the 19th century, industrialisation and economic growth have produced many brownfield areas all over Europe, which represent a major concern for many countries. To support the contaminated sites and brownfield regeneration, in the last decade, an abundance of strategies, regulations, methodologies, tools, documented case studies and guidelines have been produced in Europe, but too often they are not used in their entire potential due to their scarce visibility. Furthermore, the lack of awareness about the actual information needs of stakeholders dealing with brownfield regeneration is the reason why the potentially useful information is not exchanged among stakeholders in the most effective way. This situation makes the success in brownfield regeneration unsatisfying in terms of financial, eco-efficiency or social acceptance. In order to overcome this problem, within the FP7 European project Timbre (Tailored Improvement of Brownfield Regeneration in Europe), the “Timbre Information System for Brownfield Regeneration” (Information System) ( has been developed. The first part of the lecture will present the “Timbre Information System for Brownfield Regeneration” which is aimed at supporting stakeholders in sharing, accessing and selecting the most suitable information for the different phases of the brownfield management process, taking into account their specific requirements, using the evaluations provided by previous users, and hence, answering to stakeholders’ information needs.

The second part of the lecture will focus on more specific tools for regional and site specific risk assessment. In fact, due to their complex nature, contaminated sites and brownfield sites redevelopment involves a wide range of stakeholders, experts and decision-makers with different perspective, needs and interests. In order to support a transparent decision-making process for contaminated sites and brownfield regeneration, during last decades, innovative frameworks and operational tools were developed in Europe and USA. Efforts focused on Decision Support Systems (DSS) aimed at addressing effectively the overall process from site characterization to remediation, by integrating environmental and socio-economic perspectives. DSS are computerized systems that help decision makers in structuring and evaluating decisions, by providing easy-to-use and integrated tools for information elaboration and displaying.

Two DSS will be presented: SYRIADE and DESYRE.
SYRIADE is a GIS-based DSS allowing the ranking of potentially contaminated sites and mining waste sites through a relative regional risk assessment methodology in order to identify where investigation activities are urgently required. Based on an integrated assessment of physical and chemical risks and socio-economic aspects it supports the inventory of (potentially) contaminated sites at regional scale.
DESYRE is a GIS-based DSS that covers all the aspects of the remediation process and defines management options by expert elicitation and stakeholders involvement. DESYRE provides an integrated assessment of human health risks, socio-economic issues and remediation technologies selection, comparison and simulation that effectively support the risk-based management approach to contaminated site rehabilitation.