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Study of the potential impact of onshore Coal Bed Methane production in Wales, as defined within the Petroleum Act 1998, with regard to environmental, social and economic factors

Irfan, Muhammad 2017. Study of the potential impact of onshore Coal Bed Methane production in Wales, as defined within the Petroleum Act 1998, with regard to environmental, social and economic factors. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

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Abstract

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) commissioned Cardiff University`s Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) to carry out an investigation into the potential for Coalbed Methane (CBM) production in Wales. Natural Resources Wales was interested in both the potential for Coalbed Methane (CBM) production in Wales, and the potential impact of the production on socio-economic, environmental and public health issues. The study has been carried out using the Seren Spatial Decision Support System (Seren SDSS), developed by the GRC as a part of the ERDF-funded Seren project. Seren SDSS has been developed to support the decision-making needed to address complex problems related to geo-energy applications such as Site Selection, Site Ranking and Site Impact Assessment. Seren SDSS combines different GIS, Artificial Intelligence and Multicriteria Decision Analysis techniques as well as enabling spatial knowledge discovery (Irfan, 2015; Irfan et al., 2017). This bespoke tool operates in an integrated manner, considering environmental, socio-economic, public health and techno-economic domains. For Site Suitability and Site Ranking, contemporary qualitative and quantitative spatial information across all aforementioned domains has been analysed and a series of maps, graphs and textual information produced. The Site Impact Assessment tool of the SEREN-SDSS has been applied to the sites that have been granted planning permission for CBM development, as provided by NRW. This report contains the obtained maps, indicators used for all four domains (environmental, socioeconomic, public health and techno-economic) as well as the relative weights to which they have been assigned for analysis.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Welsh Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 November 2019
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 17:15
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/125970

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