Scaling Effects in Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Aggregation in Integrated River Basin Management

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Taha, R.; Dietrich, J.; Dehnhardt, A.; Hirschfeld, J.: Scaling Effects in Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Aggregation in Integrated River Basin Management. In: Water 11 (2019), Nr. 2, 355. DOI:

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For river basin management plans (RBMPs), measures are aggregated from smaller spatial units (e.g., water bodies) to the catchment or basin scale. River basin management plans measures in integrated management are evaluated using multiple criteria, e.g., ecological and socio-economiccriteria, etc. Therefore, aggregation often combines spatial analysis and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Herein, we investigate: (1) the effect of applying different aggregation pathways on the outcome of the RBMP using the technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) as an MCDA method, (2) the scaling effects considering water body, sub-catchment, and river basin scales, and (3) the effect of using global and local criteria weighing on the final ranking of alternatives. We propose two approaches to aggregate ranks for the entire basin: using non-dominated alternatives only and using a normalized TOPSIS relative closeness value. The results show no variation in the final non-dominated alternative for both aggregation pathways. However, we note rank reversal among the dominated alternatives. These results suggest that scaling effects need to be considered in spatial MCDA.
License of this version: CC BY 4.0
Document Type: article
Publishing status: publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2019
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