Consolidate digital infrastructure and ease the integration of newly developed tools by providing code and data exchange standards across the group
Develop novel software based on common needs across the Industrial Ecology programme, thereby building an Industrial Ecology software and data toolbox.
Explore synergies with other research and research software engineering groups by connecting to similar initiatives in the sustainability and environmental research community.
Industrial ecology (IndEcol) is in the core of sustainability science, connecting environmental, economic and data research to assess global environmental issues, analyse the life cycle of individual products and the material/energy flows at different geographical scales.
IndEcol uses four main methodologies: Life Cycle Assessment, Environmentally Extended Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis, Impact Assessment and Material Flow Analysis.
The Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU is one of a few places in the world covering all four methodologies, therefore providing an unique opportunity to establish an overarching digital infrastructure for coupling and integrating analytic tools and datasets across the research group.
However, despite accumulating a vast amount of data and analysis tools, these were mainly developed for singular research tasks or projects; model integration, reuse of developed software and gathered data across the whole group remained limited.
This motivated the establishment of the Digital Laboratory of the IndEcol Programme. Read more at: