Appropriate modelling in DSSs for river basin management

YuePing Xu, Martijn J. Booij

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There is increasing interest in the development of decision support systems (DSSs) for river basin management. Moreover, new ideas and techniques such as sustainability, adaptive management, Geographic Information System, Remote Sensing and participations of new stakeholders have stimulated their development. A DSS often encompasses a number of sub-models, such as models for flood risk, ecology, tourism, recreation and navigation. These models are fundamental in supporting the whole decision-making process. However, often complicated and sophisticated models are used which are difficult to understand and operate for decision-makers. Moreover, these models may be not necessary for some specific-purpose DSSs, such as those for preliminary planning purposes. The aim of this paper is therefore to find appropriate models by applying a proposed appropriateness framework. An appropriate system is defined as ‘a system which can produce outputs enabling decision makers to distinguish different river management actions under uncertainty according to the current problem’. The proposed framework is applied to a sub-model of a DSS — a flood risk model to illustrate the idea of appropriateness. The results show that the framework proposed is applicable. It helps distinguish the management actions and find the appropriate models for the DSSs
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Title of host publicationiEMSs 2004 International Congress: "Complexity and integrated resources management". International Environmental modelling and software Society, 14-16 June 2004, Vol II
EditorsClaudia Pahl-Wostl, Sonja Schmidt, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Anthony J. Jakeman
Place of PublicationOsnabrück, Germany
PublisherInternational Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2004
Event2nd Biennial Meeting of the iEMSs - Osnabruck, Germany
Duration: 14 Jun 200417 Jun 2004

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PublisherInternational Environmental Modelling and Software Society


Conference2nd Biennial Meeting of the iEMSs
Other14-17 June 2004


  • Morris’method
  • Decision-support system
  • Latin Hypercube Simulation
  • Appropriate modelling
  • Flood risk model

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