GIS and spatial decision support

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This chapter reviews the use of GIS for spatial decision support, focusing on the design, development and implementation of spatial decision support systems (SDSS) using GIS technology. As the awareness of spatial information in decision making improves significantly, GIS is increasingly becoming an important component of decision support systems. While GIS provides the computational basis for spatial decision support and offers the basic decision aids including spatial data management, spatial analysis and visualization, SDSS is designed to utilize domain specific models and knowledge to solve specific decision problems that have a geographic or spatial component. This chapter discusses the nature of spatial decision making and the role of GIS in the spatial decision making process, reviews the recent advances in the development of SDSS through the integration of GIS with models, decision analysis and knowledge management techniques, advanced visualization and the Internet, introduces examples of successful SDSS systems and examines the conceptual, technical, and organizational issues that must be addressed in the successful implementation of SDSS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographic Information Systems
EditorsChristopher J Dawsen
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9781612099255
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Publication series

NameEnvironmental science, engineering and technology series
PublisherNova Science Publishers

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Zhu, X. (2013). GIS and spatial decision support. In C. J. Dawsen (Ed.), Geographic Information Systems (pp. 1-33). (Environmental science, engineering and technology series). Nova Science Publishers.