What is the scope of Area-based Analysis?

Area-based Analysis (ABA) follows the outline identified in the 1999 document “Cumulative Effects Assessment Practitioners Guide” prepared for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Scoping consists of five basic steps:

  1. identify the issues of concern
  2. select the appropriate values
  3. identify the spatial and temporal boundaries
  4. identify the actions that impact the values
  5. identify potential impacts from the actions and possible effects.