Decision Support Tools metadatabase

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The text on this page is taken from an equivalent page of the IEHIAS-project.

The Decision Support Tools (DSTs) metadatabase is a collection of information of relevant tools collected to support practitioners in the environmental health management process. DSTs include software, handbooks, methodologies and data on environmental stressors, emissions, pathways, exposure and health effect. Over 80 tools have been identified to date and are accessible via the web-based search-able database.

The metadatabase has various functionalities:

  • Add your own tool
  • Searching on descriptors and free text
  • Review and comment
  • Evaluate functionalities (fixed criteria)

Method description


The metadatabase consists of numerous decision support tools within health and environment. The aim is to provide easy access to tools for practitioners.


Fields of Model: outdoor air, indoor air, water, soil, exposure, multimedia, traffic etc

Spatial coverage: DSTs cover Europe, USA, Canada.

Pollutants/stressors/Agents covered: Various stressors within health and environment are covered.

Health effects: various health effects are covered.

Population subgroups are considered.

Source types of emissions/Sectors: various types.


Users can upload their own DSTs. The metabatabase has two search options, either via free text or with descriptors.

Database type: SQL.

Accessible though a simple web interface.


The output is an overview of DSTs which might help you in your decision making.

Description of processes modelled and of technical details

The search function in the metadatabase is user-friendly, as it is a simple search engine, where you can either search by free text or a choice of predefined keywords. The database can direct you to the right DST, the contact person and the availability. The user can enter new DSTs, but registration is then required.


The metadatabase is generally a database which is constantly being updated with new decision support tools. Our goal is to make available the vast of tools available within the management process of environmental health.

See also

Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment System
IEHIAS is a website developed by two large EU-funded projects Intarese and Heimtsa. The content from the original website was moved to Opasnet.
Topic Pages

Boundaries · Population: age+sex 100m LAU2 Totals Age and gender · ExpoPlatform · Agriculture emissions · Climate · Soil: Degredation · Atlases: Geochemical Urban · SoDa · PVGIS · CORINE 2000 · Biomarkers: AP As BPA BFRs Cd Dioxins DBPs Fluorinated surfactants Pb Organochlorine insecticides OPs Parabens Phthalates PAHs PCBs · Health: Effects Statistics · CARE · IRTAD · Functions: Impact Exposure-response · Monetary values · Morbidity · Mortality: Database

Examples and case studies Defining question: Agriculture Waste Water · Defining stakeholders: Agriculture Waste Water · Engaging stakeholders: Water · Scenarios: Agriculture Crop CAP Crop allocation Energy crop · Scenario examples: Transport Waste SRES-population UVR and Cancer
Models and methods Ind. select · Mindmap · Diagr. tools · Scen. constr. · Focal sum · Land use · Visual. toolbox · SIENA: Simulator Data Description · Mass balance · Matrix · Princ. comp. · ADMS · CAR · CHIMERE · EcoSenseWeb · H2O Quality · EMF loss · Geomorf · UVR models · INDEX · RISK IAQ · CalTOX · PANGEA · dynamiCROP · IndusChemFate · Transport · PBPK Cd · PBTK dioxin · Exp. Response · Impact calc. · Aguila · Protocol elic. · Info value · DST metadata · E & H: Monitoring Frameworks · Integrated monitoring: Concepts Framework Methods Needs
Listings Health impacts of agricultural land use change · Health impacts of regulative policies on use of DBP in consumer products
Guidance System
The concept
Issue framing Formulating scenarios · Scenarios: Prescriptive Descriptive Predictive Probabilistic · Scoping · Building a conceptual model · Causal chain · Other frameworks · Selecting indicators
Design Learning · Accuracy · Complex exposures · Matching exposure and health · Info needs · Vulnerable groups · Values · Variation · Location · Resolution · Zone design · Timeframes · Justice · Screening · Estimation · Elicitation · Delphi · Extrapolation · Transferring results · Temporal extrapolation · Spatial extrapolation · Triangulation · Rapid modelling · Intake fraction · iF reading · Piloting · Example · Piloting data · Protocol development
Execution Causal chain · Contaminant sources · Disaggregation · Contaminant release · Transport and fate · Source attribution · Multimedia models · Exposure · Exposure modelling · Intake fraction · Exposure-to-intake · Internal dose · Exposure-response · Impact analysis · Monetisation · Monetary values · Uncertainty