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Abstract

This paper presents a critical illustration of the main fundamentals of multiobjective decision theory and the development of decision support systems in the field of environmental management. The general problem of rational decision is introduced and the tools which formal studies and information technologies have developed in this sector of scientific activity, the various theories and the decision support systems are presented. The use of these methods with particular reference to environmental management is also introduced. The main concepts and the formal structure of scientific approaches to complex decision problems are described. The theory known as Multiple Criteria Decision Aid (MCDA) is identified as the most suitable approach for dealing with complex problems, including environmental management problems. The construction of decision support systems for the management of environmental problems is given, following the MCDA approach. A summary of applications is then presented: in particular two decision support systems concerning the cleaning up of a large river basin and the optimisation of the disposal system of toxic and hazardous industrial waste on the regional scale are described.

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Authors: PARUCCINI M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14087 EN (1992) 48 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 7.50
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