Multi-criteria decision analysis in adaptation decision-making: A flood case study in Finland

Markus Porthin, Tony Rosqvist (Corresponding Author), A. Perrels, Riitta Molarius

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    14 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Decision-making for the purpose of adaptation to climate change typically involves multiple stakeholders, regions and sectors as well as multiple objectives related to the use of resources and perceived benefits. Standard cost–benefit analysis can be argued to take into account easily monetised effects only. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) embedded in participatory processes can therefore play an important role in defining the decision context and exploring stakeholders’ preferences. In this paper, a case study on flood protection of the Kokemäki river running through the city of Pori in West Finland was conducted. The study was realised as a MCDA workshop involving the key stakeholders of the region. The analysis produced a robust ranking of the considered flood protection alternatives. According to the stakeholders, the approach was useful as an exploratory way of gaining a deeper and shared understanding of the flood protection. It was shown that MCDA is well suited for decision-making in adaptation to climate change–enhanced extreme events.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1171-1180
    Number of pages9
    JournalRegional Environmental Change
    Volume13
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fingerprint

    decision analysis
    stakeholder
    decision making
    extreme event
    ranking
    climate change
    climate
    resource
    river
    flood protection
    analysis

    Keywords

    • adaptation
    • climate change
    • flood protection
    • multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)

    Cite this

    Porthin, Markus ; Rosqvist, Tony ; Perrels, A. ; Molarius, Riitta. / Multi-criteria decision analysis in adaptation decision-making : A flood case study in Finland. In: Regional Environmental Change. 2013 ; Vol. 13, No. 6. pp. 1171-1180.
    @article{c3f6ae1bcf464f328919c22a1092624f,
    title = "Multi-criteria decision analysis in adaptation decision-making: A flood case study in Finland",
    abstract = "Decision-making for the purpose of adaptation to climate change typically involves multiple stakeholders, regions and sectors as well as multiple objectives related to the use of resources and perceived benefits. Standard cost–benefit analysis can be argued to take into account easily monetised effects only. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) embedded in participatory processes can therefore play an important role in defining the decision context and exploring stakeholders’ preferences. In this paper, a case study on flood protection of the Kokem{\"a}ki river running through the city of Pori in West Finland was conducted. The study was realised as a MCDA workshop involving the key stakeholders of the region. The analysis produced a robust ranking of the considered flood protection alternatives. According to the stakeholders, the approach was useful as an exploratory way of gaining a deeper and shared understanding of the flood protection. It was shown that MCDA is well suited for decision-making in adaptation to climate change–enhanced extreme events.",
    keywords = "adaptation, climate change, flood protection, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)",
    author = "Markus Porthin and Tony Rosqvist and A. Perrels and Riitta Molarius",
    year = "2013",
    doi = "10.1007/s10113-013-0423-9",
    language = "English",
    volume = "13",
    pages = "1171--1180",
    journal = "Regional Environmental Change",
    issn = "1436-3798",
    publisher = "Springer",
    number = "6",

    }

    Multi-criteria decision analysis in adaptation decision-making : A flood case study in Finland. / Porthin, Markus; Rosqvist, Tony (Corresponding Author); Perrels, A.; Molarius, Riitta.

    In: Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 13, No. 6, 2013, p. 1171-1180.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Multi-criteria decision analysis in adaptation decision-making

    T2 - A flood case study in Finland

    AU - Porthin, Markus

    AU - Rosqvist, Tony

    AU - Perrels, A.

    AU - Molarius, Riitta

    PY - 2013

    Y1 - 2013

    N2 - Decision-making for the purpose of adaptation to climate change typically involves multiple stakeholders, regions and sectors as well as multiple objectives related to the use of resources and perceived benefits. Standard cost–benefit analysis can be argued to take into account easily monetised effects only. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) embedded in participatory processes can therefore play an important role in defining the decision context and exploring stakeholders’ preferences. In this paper, a case study on flood protection of the Kokemäki river running through the city of Pori in West Finland was conducted. The study was realised as a MCDA workshop involving the key stakeholders of the region. The analysis produced a robust ranking of the considered flood protection alternatives. According to the stakeholders, the approach was useful as an exploratory way of gaining a deeper and shared understanding of the flood protection. It was shown that MCDA is well suited for decision-making in adaptation to climate change–enhanced extreme events.

    AB - Decision-making for the purpose of adaptation to climate change typically involves multiple stakeholders, regions and sectors as well as multiple objectives related to the use of resources and perceived benefits. Standard cost–benefit analysis can be argued to take into account easily monetised effects only. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) embedded in participatory processes can therefore play an important role in defining the decision context and exploring stakeholders’ preferences. In this paper, a case study on flood protection of the Kokemäki river running through the city of Pori in West Finland was conducted. The study was realised as a MCDA workshop involving the key stakeholders of the region. The analysis produced a robust ranking of the considered flood protection alternatives. According to the stakeholders, the approach was useful as an exploratory way of gaining a deeper and shared understanding of the flood protection. It was shown that MCDA is well suited for decision-making in adaptation to climate change–enhanced extreme events.

    KW - adaptation

    KW - climate change

    KW - flood protection

    KW - multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)

    U2 - 10.1007/s10113-013-0423-9

    DO - 10.1007/s10113-013-0423-9

    M3 - Article

    VL - 13

    SP - 1171

    EP - 1180

    JO - Regional Environmental Change

    JF - Regional Environmental Change

    SN - 1436-3798

    IS - 6

    ER -