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Main Title Decision Support for Forest Management [electronic resource] /
Author Kangas, Annika.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Kangas, Jyrki.
Kurttila, Mikko.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2008
Call Number QH545.F67
ISBN 9781402067877
Subjects Life sciences ; Forests and forestry ; Environmental management ; Business planning ; Social sciences--Methodology
Internet Access
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Collation online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Discrete Problems -- Unidimensional Problems -- Multi-Criteria Decision Problems -- Uncertainty in Multi-Criteria Decision Making -- Continuous Problems -- Optimization -- Heuristic Optimization -- Cases with Several Decision Makers -- Group Decision Making and Participatory Planning -- Voting Methods -- Application Viewpoints -- Behavioural Aspects -- Practical Examples of Using MCDS Methods -- Final Remarks. The goal of Kangas, Kangas and Kurttila's Decision Support for Forest Management is to provide students and researchers with a toolbox of methods for approaching the different planning situations that may arise in practice. It draws together a wide range of methods used in planning forest management regimes and presents a systematic overview of current methodological approaches. While earlier books concerning forest planning have tended to focus on linear programming, economic aspects, or specific multi-criteria decision aid tools, this book provides a much broader range of tools to meet a variety of planning situations. The methods themselves cover a range of decision situations - from cases involving single decision makers, through group decision making, to participatory planning. They include traditional decision support tools, from optimization to utility functions, as well as methods that are just gaining ground in forest planning - such as problem structuring methods and social choice theory. Including examples which illustrate the application of each technique to specific management planning problems, the book offers an invaluable resource for both researchers and advanced students specializing in management and planning issues relating to forestry.