Advancing the representation of habitat fragmentation in LCIA

Koen Kuipers

Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU

Koen Kuipers (MSc) finished his bachelors degree in 2014 in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Utrecht (UCU) in the Netherlands. In 2016, he completed his masters degree in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Koen is currently a PhD candidate at the Industrial Ecology Programme of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research concerns elaborating and improving the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methodology with a focus on land use and land use change impacts on biodiversity.  Specifically, the aims of the research are to address habitat fragmentation, revise the vulnerability scores (VS), and to develop characterisation factors (CFs) for land use and land use change life cycle inventory flows that incorporate habitat fragmentation and ecologically more accurate vulnerability scores. Practically, this means that the research concentrates on adapting species-area relationships and applying the developed models in the context of the LCIA. The grand objective is to enhance understanding of how anthropogenic activities affect global biodiversity, including spatial differentiation. 


Modelling of land use impacts on biodiversity is a pressing matter in life cycle assessment. In recent years, efforts to improve the representation of land use impacts on biodiversity in life cycle impact assessment (LCIA)... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Koen Kuipers (Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU)
  2. Roel May (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research)
  3. Bente Graae (Department of Biology, NTNU)
  4. Francesca Verones (Industrial Ecology Programme, NTNU)

Topic Area

• Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


TS-13 » Advances in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment 1 (13:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room D)

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