An Interpretive Structural Model of Environmental Impacts of a Coal Field

K. Vizayakumar
Pratap K. J. Mohapatra

DOI: 10.2190/RW8X-KQQ8-1L37-B6EX


Interpretive structural modeling is a technique which helps in structuring large complex systems. This article presents a case study of identification and structuring the activities and impacts of a coal field in India. A checklist method is used to identify the variables of the system and a paired comparison method is used to develop a binary matrix representing interrelationships. The variables are analyzed to identify a hierarchy of relationships and obtain an interpretive structural model The model helps in developing a causal loop diagram which can then be used in a comprehensive environmental impact analysis.

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