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Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

For a Special Issue on

Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Impact Assessment

Abstract deadline
30 April 2024

Manuscript deadline
25 September 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Urmila Jha-Thakur, Environmental Assessment and Management Centre, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
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Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Impact Assessment

  • The two roundtable papers will be published online (February, 2024) for maximum dissemination to the IAPA readers and reflections and reactions will be invited.
  • These reflections and reactions are invited in the letter format which is suitable for a emerging topic such as this and should also facilitate a faster turn around of outputs.
  • The IAPA Board will be meeting in IAIA 2024 and will be requested to further disseminate, promote and also particiapte in this roundtable issue.
  • IAPA contributors representing a wide variety of nations will be contacted to participate in the special issue representing the differing country context view point on the topic.

Submission Instructions

Welcome to this roundtable issue of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal which discusses the ‘Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Impact Assessment’. In initiating this roundtable issue, we present to you two letters written by a total of 9 authors. Our first letter is titled as ‘Using an Artificial Intelligence chatbot to critically review the scientific literature on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Environmental Impact Assessment’. This piece is authored by Alan Bond, Dirk Cilliers, Francois Retief, Reece Alberts, Claudine Roos and Hans Jurie Moolman. In this intriguing piece, the authors have actually deployed the use of AI tools in conducting a literature review. This process has enabled them to critically review emerging issues that rise as a result of using AI in Environmental Impact Assessment. Our second piece is titled as 'AI will change EA practice – but are we ready for it? A call for discussion based on developments in collecting and processing biodiversity data’. This letter has been authored by Robin Sandfort, Birthe Uhlhorn, Gesa Geißler, Ivar Lyhne and Alexandra Jiricka-Pürrer. In this thought-provoking piece the authors investigate and explore the risks associated with the role that AI is likely to play in the collection of biodiversity related data. Considering that there is uncertainty as to how the role of AI will emerge in the field of Impact Assessment and the certainty that the growth of AI is imminent in the future, it is pertinent for us to investigate the implication of this trend in the field of Impact Assessment. I would now like to invite our IAPA audience to comment and reflect on either or both of these letters and share their own insight and concerns regarding the role that AI is likely to play in the future of IA. Your responses need to be in a ‘letter format’. Kindly note, letters are short pieces usually ranging between 1500-4000 words. We aim to publish this special issue by end of 2024.

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