Dott. Davide Geneletti
Environmental decision-making involves the identification and comparison of different alternatives based on multiple objectives and criteria. This calls for a framework to integrate factual information on effects and impacts, with values and preferences of decision-makers and stakeholders. Multicriteria analysis (MCA) offers such a framework, and it is increasingly used in combination with GIS (spatial multicriteria analysis, SMCA).
This course provides the essential principles of MCA and SMCA applied to environmental decision-making, by covering the following topics:
- Basic concepts of decision theory
- Structuring decision problems requiring multiple criteria
- The philosophy of MCA for environmental decisions
- The spatial component of environmental decisions
- Methodological steps in MCA and SMCA (value functions, weight assessment, aggregation techniques, sensitivity analysis, result presentation)
- Using Decision Support Systems (DSS) and GIS-based DSS
- Application examples in different domains (site selection, impact assessment, natural resource management, etc.).
The test consists of the review of a scientific article about the topics of the course.