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Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities

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Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities. / van Os, Herman; Herber, Rien; Scholtens, Lambertus Johannes Regnerus.

In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Vol. 64, 05.2017, p. 97-122.

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van Os, H, Herber, R & Scholtens, LJR 2017, 'Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 64, pp. 97-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.03.004

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van Os, H., Herber, R., & Scholtens, L. J. R. (2017). Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 64, 97-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.03.004

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van Os H, Herber R, Scholtens LJR. Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 2017 May;64:97-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.03.004

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van Os, Herman ; Herber, Rien ; Scholtens, Lambertus Johannes Regnerus. / Modular Evaluation Method for Subsurface Activities (MEMSA). A novel approach for integrating social acceptance in a permit decision-making process for subsurface activities. In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 2017 ; Vol. 64. pp. 97-122.

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