Spatial decision support systems for water management plans
Water management takes place mostly in river basins. In addition, water management plans always have strong spatial references:
- Measures have a spatially different impact,
- Decision criteria often have a spatial reference (eg flooding heights),
- Decision-making and stakeholders often have spatial preferences.
In water management planning are also other aspects to consider, like economic and technical prospects, natural environment, social and ecological consequences. The research deals with the possibilities to consider spatial dimensions in a multi-criteria decision support system. Therefore different spatial aggregation levels are considered, in order to evaluate the prospects from the perspective of the decision makers according to various criteria. For this, decision support systems are developed which are coupled with geographical information systems.