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Site planning requires the analysis and evaluation of alternative locations taking into account a number of aspects which vary spatially. New regulations and directives imply that an increasing number of spatial variables must be included in the analysis. While geographical information systems (GIS) provide the means for supporting this spatial information, for the evaluation of alternatives a multicriteria approach is required in order to arrive at a rational and justifiable ranking. Implementation of multicriteria techniques within GIS is therefore a logical approach for planning analysis. A tool has been developed which fully integrates multicriteria analysis within a GIS, giving the user access to the spatial analysis facilities of the GIS and an interface with the multicriteria analysis via the decision matrix. Two multicriteria techniques, the Reference Point method and ELECTRE II, are implemented and the interface allows interactive graphical placement of alternative sites and the direct transfer of their spatial evaluations to the decision matrix.

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Authors: MENEGOLO L, JRC Ispra (IT);PECKHAM R J, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Joint European Conference and Exhibition on Geographical Information, Barcelona (ES), March 27-29, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39668 ORA
Record Number: 199610622 / Last updated on: 1996-05-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en