Background and activities
Brattebø is Professor of Industrial Ecology and Head of the research area Environmental and Sustainability Analysis within NTNU’s thematic strategic area TSO-Sustainability.
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. See all publications in the database
- (2014) Exploring urban mines: pipe length and material stocks in urban water and wastewater networks. Urban Water Journal. volum 11 (4).
- (2014) Urban water system metabolism assessment using WaterMet2 model. Procedia Engineering. volum 70.
- (2014) WaterMet2: a tool for integrated analysis of sustainability-based performance of urban water systems. Drinking Water Engineering and Science (DWES). volum 7 (1).
- (2014) Dynamic material flow analysis for PCBs in the Norwegian building stock. Building Research & Information. volum 42 (3).
- (2014) Dynamic-MFA examination of Chilean housing stock: long-term changes and earthquake damage. Building Research & Information. volum 42 (3).
- (2014) Studying the demand-side vis-à-vis the supply-side of urban water systems –Case study of Oslo, Norway. Environmental technology. volum 35 (18).
- (2014) Understanding the water-energy-carbon nexus in urban water utilities: Comparison of four city case studies and the relevant influencing factors. Energy. volum 75.
- (2014) Dynamic metabolism modeling of urban water services - demonstrating effectiveness as a decision-support tool for Oslo, Norway. Water Research. volum 61.
- (2014) Sensitivity analysis in long-term dynamic building stock modeling - Exploring the importance of uncertainty of input parameters in Norwegian segmented dwelling stock model. Energy and Buildings. volum 85.
- (2014) Using a dynamic segmented model to examine future renovation activities in the Norwegian dwelling stock. Energy and Buildings. volum 82.
- (2014) Life cycle assessment of the water and wastewater system in Trondheim, Norway - A case study. Urban Water Journal. volum 11 (4).
- (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) Analysis of energy and carbon flows in the future Norwegian dwelling stock. Building Research & Information. volum 40 (2).