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Abstract

Resource constraints, improved availability and quality of information and increasing public awareness are all contributing to severe difficulties in arriving at acceptable decisions in such areas of public policy as choice of energy technologies, environmental management and transport planning, Not only are each of these areas subject to increasing complexity and uncertainty but they also overlap and interact. At every level of decision-making there are differing effects on a variety of different stake-holders, to the extent that there are no simple decisions: every action has to be evaluated on the basis of multiple criteria and the outcomes have to be acceptable to a range of interest groups. This paper presents some real case study applications of a Multiple Criteria Decision Aid (MCDA) method developed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC). This is a discrete evaluation method, based on a pair-wise comparison technique, which allows the use of information subject to uncertainty and models user preferences through the use of fuzzy relations. The method has been applied here as a multiple criteria module in Decision Support System (DSS) chains and as a stand alone unit.

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Authors: BAIN D, JRC-Institute for Systems Information and Safety, Ispra (IT);MAZZEO RINALDI F, JRC-Institute for Systems Information and Safety, Ispra (IT);WOLFLER CALVO R, JRC-Institute for Systems Information and Safety, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at the: 53rd Meeting of the European Working Group. Organised by: National Technical University of Athenss. Held in: Athens (GR), 29-30 March 2001
Record Number: 200013354 / Last updated on: 2001-06-27
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en