Using Multi-Attribute Analysis to Establish Marine Pollution Research Priorities

by Thomas M. Leschine, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The paper discusses how techniques like multi-attribute analysis, when used in workshops or surveys, can be most effectively applied to enriching the informational basis for future agency research planning. Two attributes of the techniques used at the 1984 national workshop are emphasized - their orientation toward 'group consensus' and the use they make of multiple criteria as the basis for individual (and, by inference, group) evaluations of pollution-related issues. It is argued that the prescriptive presumptions of consensus-oriented models should be counter-balanced with descriptive analysis of the model results, treating them as survey data.

Subject Headings: Pollution | Water pollution | Geomatic surveys | Federal government | Seas and oceans

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