Enhancing geographical information systems capabilities with multi-criteria evaluation functions

Salem Chakhar, Jean-Marc Martel

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The essence of this paper is to present a strategy for integrating geographical information systems (GIS) and multicriteria analysis (MCA), a family of operations research/management science (OR/MS) tools that have experienced very successful applications in different domains since the 1960s. In fact, GIS has several limitations in the domain of spatial decision-aid. The remedy to these limitations is to integrate GIS technology with OR/MS tools and especially with MCA. The long-term aim of such integration is to develop the so- called spatial decision support system (SDSS), which is devoted to help decision makers in spatial problems. Thus, a design of a SDSS is also presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-71
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Geographic Information and Decision Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Geographical information system
  • Multicriteria analysis,
  • Spatial decision-aid
  • Spatial decision support system


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