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Value Functions for Environmental Management

Environment & Management

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1997
ISBN: 9780792346623
Number Of Pages: 242

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Environmental decisions must satisfy a multitude of objectives and the matching of a plan, policy or project to such objectives is a matter of both facts and value judgements. Value Functions for Environmental Management provides a systematic approach to the structuring and measurement of value judgements, showing how they drive the decision process and how to make them transparent and effective in support of complex decisions. The value functions that the book describes provide a scheme for the exploration of human values and a tool for transforming them into an analytical model. A clear statement can then be made of the degree to which a decision has achieved its objectives, and how conflicting objectives may be addressed.
This does not mean that there is no role for human judgement in the process. Complexity, often coupled with large information gaps, necessitates expert judgement, but the values adopted by the experts are themselves capable of being structured and measured according to the value function methodology presented here, even if the judgements themselves are qualitative and tentative. Value models for expert panels are also presented. The use of the methodology in practice is illustrated by examples. The book contains an extensive subject index.

Scope and Outline of the Studyp. 1
Multiattribute Value Function Theoryp. 21
Assessment Techniques for Multiattribute Value Functionsp. 47
Value Functions for Environmental Managementp. 77
An Interactive Procedure for Assessing Value Functions for Expert Judgementp. 107
Value Function Models for Expert Panelsp. 133
Case Study: Expert-Based Value Function Models for Cleaning Up a Polluted Sitep. 159
Case Study: Spatial Decision Support for the Admission of New Pesticidesp. 187
Conclusionsp. 213
Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780792346623
ISBN-10: 0792346629
Series: Environment & Management
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 30th June 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 1.2