Decision support system for decision making in regional planning, sustainable development of agricultural regions and environmental protection

Acronym:

Watermap-DSS

Liaise ownership:

yes

Description:

A Decision support system (Watermap-DSS) for decision making in regional planning, sustainable development of agricultural regions and environmental protection. The DSS evaluates alternative plans and the effects of different policies. The DSS developed in the framework of Interreg - Archimed project entitled 'WATERMAP - Development and utilization of vulnerability maps for the monitoring and management of groundwater resources in the Archimed area' (2006/2008). Its aim is to optimize the production plan of an agricultural region taking in account the available resources, environmental parameters and the vulnerability map of the region. The DSS is based on an optimization multicriteria model. The spatial integration of the vulnerability maps in the DSS enables the regional authorities to design and assess policies for the optimal agricultural development and the groundwater protection from the agricultural land uses. The DSS is also used to simulate different scenarios and policies by the local stakeholders, due to changes on different social, economic and environmental parameters.

Input variables:

  • land 
  • labour 
  • capital 
  • technical
  • economical data

Output variables:

  • groundwater maps
  • environmental indicators

Documentation for the end user:

Basil Manos, Jason Papathanasiou, Thomas Bournaris. «Best Practice Guide, DSS guide» (2008)

Scientific documentation:

B. Manos, J. Papathanasiou, Th. Bournaris and K. Voudouris, ‘A DSS for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection of Agricultural Regions’, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2010) Volume 164, Numbers 1-4, pp. 43–52

Contact:

Professor Basil Manos: manosb@agro.auth.gr

Archived:

no