Decision Support Tools for Coastal and Ocean Planning and Management

  • Michelle Eva Portman
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 15)


This chapter addresses the use of decision support tools (DSTs) for marine and coastal planning. DSTs are integrative tools, meaning that they can help achieve a wide range of goals and objectives relevant to planning. Today, myriad software applications facilitate the use of these tools for the marine and coastal environment. This chapter starts with how DSTs contribute to the field of conservation planning and describes three such applications with examples of their use for marine planning. While such tools support environmental planning for oceans and coasts, they do have shortcomings, mentioned herein, and their products are usually the starting points of discussions about planning scenarios and options.


Decision making Decision support Heuristics Multi-criteria analysis Optimal solutions Optimization algorithms Planning units 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Eva Portman
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  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureTechnion – Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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