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A Review of Multiple Criteria Analysis for Water Resource Planning and Management

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  • Stefan Hajkowicz

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  • Kerry Collins

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Multiple criteria analysis (MCA) is a framework for ranking or scoring the overall performance of decision options against multiple objectives. The approach has widespread and growing application in the field of water resource management. This paper reviews 113 published water management MCA studies from 34 countries. It finds that MCA is being heavily used for water policy evaluation, strategic planning and infrastructure selection. A wide range of MCA methods are being used with the fuzzy set analysis, paired comparison and outranking methods being most common. The paper also examines the motivations for adopting MCA in water management problems and considers future research directions. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

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  • Stefan Hajkowicz & Kerry Collins, 2007. "A Review of Multiple Criteria Analysis for Water Resource Planning and Management," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 21(9), pages 1553-1566, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:waterr:v:21:y:2007:i:9:p:1553-1566
    DOI: 10.1007/s11269-006-9112-5
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