The use of MCDM to evaluate trade-offs between spatial objectives

  • Marjan van Herwijnen
  • Ron Janssen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 465)


In environmental management the performance of policy alternatives is often represented in maps. Such a map is a criterion map which shows the impact of an alternative for every location. The decision maker is asked to use these maps to compare alternatives and ultimately to select the one preferred. Since most people use reference maps, such as road maps, maps are familiar, and expected to represent reality. Decision makers are therefore happy to use maps to support their decisions (see for example Kohsieket al. 1991).


Spatial information Maps decision support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjan van Herwijnen
    • 1
  • Ron Janssen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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