Valuing Cultural Landscape Services: A Multidimensional and Multi-group SDSS for Scenario Simulations

  • Raffaele Attardi
  • Maria Cerreta
  • Alfredo Franciosa
  • Antonia Gravagnuolo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8581)


The purpose of this paper is to define a methodological proposal towards a Spatial Decision Support System for strategic planning, based on the evaluation of Cultural Landscape Services (CLS). A combination of multidimensional evaluation techniques, multi-group analysis and Geographic Information Systems is applied to the simulation of landscape enhancement scenarios in the “National Park of Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni”, in order to explore the effectiveness and helpfulness of the evaluation of CLS in structuring both hierarchic and networking relationships among the municipalities comprised in the study area.


Spatial Decision Support System ecosystem services landscape services cultural services multidimensional evaluation multi-group analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffaele Attardi
    • 1
  • Maria Cerreta
    • 1
  • Alfredo Franciosa
    • 1
  • Antonia Gravagnuolo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Architecture (DiARC)University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

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