Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) represents an emerging decision aid tool in the field of natural resource decision-making. This work draws upon the research traditions of multiple academic disciplines, including operations research, computer science, cognitive and behavioral psychology, economics, and public policy. Transdisciplinary approaches to problem structuring and decision-making such as this are an increasingly common approach to natural resource issues.
The use of multi-criteria spatial decision support systems (MCSDSS)— an integration of geographical information systems (GIS), decision support systems (DSS), and multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) — has emerged as a decision aid approach for evaluating conflicting objectives and stakeholder preferences in the implementation of spatial decision models.
This research presents an open-source tool that supports a spatial decision-making process by providing better access to information, increased ease of public participation, and support for distributed collaboration amongst various groups of stakeholders in remote environments.