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In dealing with the complex issue of managing strategic environmental resources such as water, we are increasingly aware of the need to consider various criteria before making decisions. Water management is an issue involving several aspects, such as the reduction of risk in the event of floods, the identification of policies for the transfer of resources between watersheds and the maintenance of the quality of water courses connected to potential sources of pollution, etc. In this context the development and use of a support system prior to decision-making is of great interest.

A Decision Support System (DSS) concerning risk reduction in case of floods should help define the problem, evaluate measures and reach the best compromise.

The report illustrates the development of a DSS for the prevention of damages resulting from floods. Its main aim is to endow the bodies in charge of water management, in this case the Watershed Authorities, with an operational tool to be used in planning actions meant to reduce the damages caused by floods.

The DSS is aimed at supporting the decision-maker in reaching the best compromise while adopting a series of measures intended to obtain optimal use of land on the one hand, and the safety of the population on the other, by reducing damages caused by strong floods.

Measures will be compared and evaluated on the basis of various criteria - engineering, economic, social and environmental-tailor-made for the specific issue. The DSS is therefore applicable to problems involving multiple criteria.

Additional information

Authors: RINALDI F.M, EC-JRC Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Ispra (IT);CALVO R.W,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19802 IT (2001), pp.72. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available by Documentation Service JRC Ispra. Fax:+39-0332-785818
Record Number: 200013421 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: it
Available languages: it
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