Comparing the Subjective and the Objective Criteria Weighting in Agricultural Water Resources Management
Hydrology
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 38-46
Received: Aug. 30, 2015; Accepted: Sep. 13, 2015; Published: Sep. 26, 2015
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Maryam Hafezparast, Department of Water Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Razi University, Emam-Khomeini Highway, Kermanshah, Iran
Shahab Araghinejad, Department of Irrigation & Reclamation Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Tehran, Iran
Tatiana Filatova, Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Management and Governance, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
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Abstract
In this study Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach is applied to the Aras basin in the North West of Iran to integrate different criteria for demand management and decision making. Coupling between the River Basin Management Model (MIKEBASIN) and Visual Basic Macro in Excel with the use of COM/.Net interface as a Decision Support System (DSS) have done to evaluate the performance of 9 indicators of structural alternatives. The Analytical Hierarchical process, Entropy method and the strategy of equal weighting are compared as three different methods of Subjective, Objective and Equal criteria weighting. The Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) is used for Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) analysis to determine the best management alternatives. The results show that, the alternative 'Increase water efficiency’ and ‘Decrease cultivated area’ is the most preferred option.
Keywords
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), TOPSIS, Aras River Basin
To cite this article
Maryam Hafezparast, Shahab Araghinejad, Tatiana Filatova, Comparing the Subjective and the Objective Criteria Weighting in Agricultural Water Resources Management, Hydrology. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 38-46. doi: 10.11648/j.hyd.20150304.11
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