Analytical Research on the Methodological Suitability of Multi-Criteria Analysis for the Scientific Evaluation of the Coastal Area
Keywords:Coastal area, Sustainability, Evaluation criteria, MCA
Coastal areas have always been more attractive than the inlands as they offer more opportunities and advantages. Nowadays a growing number of mutually (in)compatible economic and social activities have a significant impact on coastal development. Some countries are particularly aware of the lack of valuation and unplanned access to coastal area organization. As of 1995, owing to the numerous pressures on coastal areas, Croatia was forced to recognize that it needed an appropriate decision-making system.
The authors' focus is on the sustainable management of the coastal area. The purpose of the research is to propose coastal area evaluation criteria. The paper particularly aims to select a suitable method for the resolution of this problem.
Prior experience with the evaluation of an area’s value justified the validity of the use of multi-criteria analysis. The method facilitates an overview and evaluation of the various aspects of the problem across different criteria. Several methods and techniques can be used to solve the problem, such as linear programming, AHP, ELECTREE, PROMETHEE, GAIA, scenario methods, and others in which the authors' experience in the area differs. Following research, the authors suggest using the PROMETHEE and GAIA methods.
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