MCDA08

MCDA08 - Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis ESM 206C 29 May...

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Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis ESM 206C 29 May 2008
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Example problems You need to compare development alternatives for an EIR You want to prioritize exotic plant species for control or eradication in the Santa Monica Mountains You want to rank policy options for UCSB to attain carbon neutrality You want to select properties for open space preservation (e.g. by buying development rights)
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Challenges Each alternative has multiple potential benefits and impacts Some of those consequences can’t be reduced to $$ without a lot of work Contingent valuation survey for each potential consequence Many potential consequences can’t be quantified very precisely Various stakeholders place different importance weightings on different consequences
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The general process
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Impacts Potential direct environmental impacts: soil, groundwater, surface water, regional air quality, atmosphere, local flora and fauna, biodiversity, and landscape, as well as disturbing noise Potential direct socio-economic impacts:
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