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Title: Catchment-wide wetland assessment and prioritization using the multi-criteria decision-making method TOPSIS
Contributor(s): Liu, C (author); Frazier, P  (author); Kumar, L  (author)orcid ; Macgregor, Catherine  (author); Blake, N (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1007/s00267-005-0151-0
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Abstract: It is widely accepted that wetland ecosystems are under threat worldwide. Many communities are now trying to establish wetland rehabilitation programs, but are confounded by a lack of objective information on wetland condition or significance. In this study, a multicriteria decision-making method, TOPSIS (the Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution), was adapted to assist in the role of assessing wetland condition and rehabilitation priority in the Clarence River Catchment (New South Wales, Australia). Using 13GIS data layers that described wetland character, wetland protection, and wetland threats, the wetlands were ranked in terms of condition. Through manipulation of the original model, the wetlands were prioritized for rehabilitation. The method offered a screening tool for the managers in choosing potential candidate wetlands for rehabilitation in a region.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Environmental Management, 38(2), p. 316-326
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0364-152X
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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