Framework for system understanding (DPSIR)


The DPSIR (Driving Forces-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses) describes the assumed chain of causal links between Driving forces (D) and the resulting environmental Pressures (P), their effects on the State of the environment (S), the Impacts (I) and the societal Responses (R) resulting from these changes in the environment. The DPSIR framework helps to design environmental assessments, to identify indicators, and to communicate results.

Type: Framework
Project Phase: Planning & Design, Initiation, Construction, Operation & maintenance
Type of assessment: System Analysis
Purpose: Identifying cause-effect relations within a system (environmental & socio-economic)
Requirements: Systems thinking, data availability
Relevant Software: none

DPSIR feedback loop.