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Clark University    
  Jan 22, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

GEOG 261 - Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy

Information on environmental-impact assessments needs to be systematically organized and analyzed to be useful in the decision-making process. This course provides a survey of methods that are currently used to aid environmental decision makers (who include policy makers, environmental managers and affected populations). Covers techniques such as: decision analysis, benefit/cost analysis, multicriteria evaluation, multiobjective analysis, multiattribute utility theory, the analytical hierarchy process, and spatial-analytical methods using geographical information systems. These methods will be evaluated with respect to their theoretical foundations, systems formulation and appropriate application. A critical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of these methods will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduates only; instructor permission required for registration

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered every year