Multiple criteria analysis for water quality management in the Nitra Basin

Marek Makowski, László Somlyódy, David Watkins

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This paper presents the implementation of one element of a decision support system (DSS) for regional water quality management, applied to the Nitra River Basin in Slovakia. A model-based, aspiration-led methodology for multicriteria decision support has been used for the study. Several reusable, modular software tools have been developed and implemented: a problem- specific generator to produce the care part of the mathematical programming model, tools for the generation and interactive modification of multicriteria problems, and a solver for the resulting mixed-integer optimization problem. Provided in the paper are the following: a complete formulation of the mathematical model (including the imbedded water quality model), a summary of the aspiration-reservation-led multiple criteria optimization approach applied to decision support, and an overview of results that illustrate the applied approach and provide some interesting insights to the case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-951
Number of pages15
JournalWater Resources Bulletin
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1996


  • aspiration-reservation-led decision support
  • decision support
  • mixed-integer programming
  • multi-criteria optimization
  • software
  • water policy/regulation/decision making
  • water quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Law

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