Dataset for "How sustainable is the nitrogen management in Brazil? A sustainability assessment using the Entropy Weight Method"

Published: 10 November 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/k5vxsz5rsf.1


The main objective of this study is to assess the condition of nitrogen sustainability in Brazil over almost 20 years, considering the main sources of nitrogen pollution linked to agriculture and energy sectors, and related to the Sustainable Development Goals. For this, we compiled data from 31 indicators at the national level for the period 2000-2018, grouped into four subsystems (environmental, economic, social, and institutional). We applied the Entropy Weight Method (EWM) to measure the relevance of each indicator in each of the four subsystems, as well as the weight of each subsystem in the global outcome, that is, the nitrogen sustainability index. This dataset contains all data used to apply the EWM, as well as the results and graphics presented in the manuscript. It includes information such as data description, sources, and references. The application of the EWM was done step-by-step to facilitate its understanding (the methodological steps and all equations are also in the manuscript).



Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais


Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Shanon Entropy