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MULTICRITERIA ANALYSIS APPLIED TO A FLOOD EVENT ON RIVER MARITZA/EVROS

AUTHOR/S: N. DOBRINKOVA, K. GENOVA, M. VASSILEVA
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 1, 1077-1084 pp

ABSTRACT

Floods are river basin wide phenomena and they often create common problems with
locally varying intensity. The flood disaster management is highly dependent on early
information and needs forecasts and data from the river basin as a whole. The starting
point for flood risk management planning is the assessment of flood risks, based on the
information about the river basin and floods in the past. The next step is developing
strategies for reaction when flooding events are prognosticated, and evaluation of these
strategies.

One of the objectives of the EVROS2010 project was to develop a framework based on
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) that could be used for exploiting the
preferences of decision-makers in choosing the most appropriate strategy for reaction
when dangerous flooding events happen.

The EVROS2010 project has been approved by the European Commission, DG
Environment Civil Protection Unit project (2009 – 2010) and it is the first European
Dimension Field Test Simulation Exercise awarded to Greece with participation of
Bulgarian partners from the Ministry of Interior and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
The main objective of project EVROS2010 is to simulate the planning and response to a
flooding event for the river EVROS that originates in Bulgaria and flows through
Greece and Turkey.

The decision support system for multicriteria analysis МКА-2, developed at the Institute
of Information Technologies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, is used in the paper for
multicriteria analysis and decision making for saving and rescuing activities when
dangerous flooding events are prognosticated.

Keywords: EVROS2010 project, Flood events, Multicriteria decision making, Multicriteria analysis, Decision support systems.

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