Tools for Wider Effects
Tools used in the determination of the wider effects of contaminated 
land or water management or other activities
Decision support exists to help those who have to take decisions 
deal with the complex and wide-ranging information involved
in contaminated land management. Decision support can
be provided as written guidance (flow sheets, model procedures)
and/or software. It aims not only to facilitate decision
making but to help ensure that the process is transparent,
documented, reproducible and hopefully robust, providing
a coherent framework to explore the options available.
A “tool” is a document or software produced with the aim of
supporting decision making, i.e. something that carries
out a process in decision support. Sustainability appraisal
describes decision support tools intended to determine
the contribution of a particular project or action to achieving
sustainable development, considering its economic, environmental
and social effects.
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