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Multicriteria decision analysis: Overview and implications for environmental decision making

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Edited by: Jon D. EricksonFrank Messner, and Irene Ring

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Abstract

Environmental decision making involving multiple stakeholders can benefit from the use of a formal process to structure stakeholder interactions, leading to more successful outcomes than traditional discursive decision processes. There are many tools available to handle complex decision making. Here we illustrate the use of a multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) outranking tool (PROMETHEE) to facilitate decision making at the watershed scale, involving multiple stakeholders, multiple criteria, and multiple objectives. We compare various MCDA methods and their theoretical underpinnings, examining methods that most realistically model complex decision problems in ways that are understandable and transparent to stakeholders.

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Publication type Book chapter
Title Multicriteria decision analysis: Overview and implications for environmental decision making
Volume 7
Year Published 2007
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publisher location Greenwich, CT
Contributing office(s) Western Geographic Science Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Advances in the Economics of Environmental Resources
First page 213
Last page 228
Country United States