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Gewählte Doctoral Thesis:

Roman Paratscha (2019): Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Alpine Protective Structures.
Doctoral Thesis - Institut für Konstruktiver Ingenieurbau (IKI), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 142. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
The consequences of climate change are clearly apparent and will amplify significantly if nothing is done against it. Austria is particularly affected by global warming. In Austria, the mean temperature increase is about twice as high as the global average. Higher temperatures and intensification of the radiation cause the decline of the alpine cryosphere, which in turn causes intensification and accumulation of natural hazards through torrents. The intensification of natural hazards and settlement pressure is increasing the demand for protective structures. Although these structures protect against natural hazards, they simultaneously produce emissions that accelerate climate change and lead to an increase of natural hazards. These facts makes it logical to build especially protective structures as far as possible with minimal use of resources and the lowest possible emissions without diminishing their protective function. Until now no environmental assessment method for torrent control structures has been developed. The presently used assessment methods considering torrent control structures are only referencing technical, monetary and economic issues. The aim of this dissertation is the method development for the life cycle assessment (LCA) of torrent control structures in Austria. With this scientific basis, the knowledge gap of the environmental assessment of these structures should be closed. By closing this knowledge gap, the visualisation of the environmental indicators of these structures and thereby the contribution to a more sustainable infrastructure should be realised.

Betreuer: Strauss Alfred
1. Berater: Treberspurg Martin
2. Berater: Smutny Roman

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