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A Bayesian model to construct a knowledge based spatial decision support system for the Chaguana river basin

Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Indira Yadira Nolivos Alvarez
phd defence

This book explores the information challenges that environmental resources
managers face in developing countries. The natural environment is the result of
several complex processes that are currently being studied by the scientific
community in order to improve our understanding of the world. While this occurs,
decision managers have to deal with difficulties to find their way to achieve
sustainable solutions for the problems that society encounters. The situation gets
worse when the information they need to facilitate the process is not available.

This is exactly the case in developing countries, where the information is often
limited and split among several sources. Then, what to do? Well, the present
research has investigated a possibility to overcome the information problem by
capturing empirical and expert knowledge and transferring the information to
decision managers in an intuitive way, making use of the state of the art
information technology.