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University of Arizona (1988)

Multi-objective decision making applied for watershed development planning of Zarqa River Basin in Jordan

Abedrabboh, Walid Yousef

Titre : Multi-objective decision making applied for watershed development planning of Zarqa River Basin in Jordan

Auteur : Abedrabboh, Walid Yousef

Université de soutenance : University of Arizona.

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1988

Résumé
In developing natural resources, decision makers are seeking to achieve different objectives, which cannot be reduced to a single objective such as economic efficiency, this covers only part of the problem. Tradeoffs between multiple objective of unequal importance is unavoidable in the process of selection or ranking of alternative developmental projects or plans. Multiobjective technique has the ability to deal with qualitative and quantitative objectives, also it enhances the planning process by involving broader segments of the society in the process of decision making. Compromise programming (CP) and utility worth analysis (UWA), two multiobjective methods were applied on Zarqa River Basin Project (ZRBP) in Jordan. Their appropriateness and suitability as decision aiding tools was examined in this study. For the purpose of the study, five criteria were developed to serve as a basis for the evaluation and 61 farmers and 15 technicians, planners and decision makers were interviewed. High consistency was observed among the results of ranking the six alternatives when both methods were applied, at the same time the ranking of the alternatives according to benefit/cost ratio and the internal rates of return as economic efficiency measures showed no agreement with the multiobjective ranking.

Mots clés : Hydrology. ; Watershed management — Jordan — Zarqa River Watershed. ; Soil degradation — Control — Jordan — Zarqa River Watershed. ; Soil erosion — Jordan — Zarqa River Watershed. ; Multiple criteria decision making.

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