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- Environmental engineering
- Industrial Ecology
- Solid waste management
- Civil engineering
- Life Cycle Assessment
Brattebø is Professor of Industrial Ecology and Director of NTNU’s International MSc in Industrial Ecology study programme.
Brattebø is MSc (1977) and PhD (1983) in Environmental Engineering from NTH (Norwegian Institute of Technology; today NTNU). He has a background as researcher in the Water Treatment Group at NTH/SINTEF, chief engineer at Reinertsen Consulting Engineers, and Region Manager at Østlandskonsult Consulting Engineers (today COWI). Brattebø has been at NTNU since 1989, first as co-ordinator of the Programme for Environmental Technical Sciences, then Head of Environmental Studies Division at the Center for Environment and Development (SMU), and later initiator and director of the Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol). From 1998 he was professor and Department Head (2005-2010) at the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in 1998, incl. to periods as visiting professor at the Centre for Industrial Ecology at Yale University, U.S.A. (2003/04) and at the MIT Portugal Programme, Instituto Superior de Tecnico, Lisbon (2010/11). Brattebø serves as Editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and have had different roles with the International Society for Industrial Ecology. Since January 2013 Brattebø's position is transfered to the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU.
Brattebø teaches Industrial Ecology. In research he started his carrier working on processes for water and wastewater treatment, and methods for industrial cleaner production. During recent years his research is in the field of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Systems Analysis, applied to various infrastructure systems, such as for waste recycling, water supply and sanitation, road bridges, building stocks, and district heating. An important research issue has been to examine how such systems perform with respect to environment and economy in a life cycle perspective, and what are the critical factors for improvements. This research includes model development, dynamic simulation and systems analysis of material, energy and waste flows, as well as their consequences with respect to emissions, environment and cost.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts.
- (2013) Exploring urban mines: pipe length and material stocks in urban water and wastewater networks. Urban Water Journal.
- (2013) Typifying cities to streamline the selection of relevant environmental sustainability indicators for urban water supply and sewage handling systems - a recommendation". Environment, Development and Sustainability. volum 15.
- (2013) Environmental life cycle assessment of bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering. volum 18 (2).
- (2013) Carbon Emissions of Infrastructure Development. Environmental Science and Technology. volum 47 (20).
- (2013) Influence of assumptions about household waste composition in waste management LCAs. Waste Management. volum 33 (1).
- (2012) Comparing CO2 and NOx emissions from a district heating system with mass-burn waste incineration versus likely alternative solutions - City of Trondheim, 1986-2009. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. volum 60.
- (2012) Assessment of environmental impacts of an ageing and saturated water supply pipeline network - City of Oslo, 1991-2006. Journal of Industrial Ecology. volum 16 (5).
- (2012) Environmental impact analysis of chemicals and energy consumption in water treatment plants: Case study of Oslo, Norway. Water Science and Technology : Water Supply. volum 12 (2).
- (2012) Looking for order in the maze of urban water and wastewater pipeline networks. ACE : Architecture, City and Environment. volum 7 (20).
- (2012) Kunnskap for bærekraft. Adresseavisen.
- (2012) Analysis of energy and carbon flows in the future Norwegian dwelling stock. Building Research & Information. volum 40 (2).
- (2012) LCA for household waste management when planning a new urban settlement. Waste Management. volum 32 (7).
- (2011) Analysis of chemicals and energy consumption in water and wastewater treatment, as cost components: Case study of Oslo, Norway. Urban Water Journal. volum 8 (3).
- (2011) Energy consumption, costs and environmental impacts for urban water cycle services: Case study of Oslo (Norway). Energy. volum 36 (2).
- (2011) Environmental impact analysis of chemicals and energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants: Case study of Oslo, Norway. Water Science and Technology. volum 63 (5).
- (2011) TESTING THE POWER LAW ON URBAN WATER AND WASTEWATER PIPELINE NETWORKS. Vatten. volum 67 (3).
- (2011) Methodology for determining life-cycle environmental impacts due to material and energy flows in wastewater pipeline networks: A case study of Oslo (Norway). Urban Water Journal. volum 8 (2).
- (2011) Historical energy analysis of the Norwegian dwelling stock. Building Research & Information. volum 39 (1).
- (2010) Asset Management for Urban Wastewater Pipeline Networks. Journal of Infrastructure Systems. volum 16 (2).
- (2010) Historical analysis of blockages in wastewater pipelines in Oslo and diagnosis of causative pipeline characteristics. Urban Water Journal. volum 7 (6).