Authors: Eric Walling, C?line Vaneeckhaute
Identifier: CSBE21221
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Description: Decision support systems (DSSs) are tools with the potential to have an important and wide-ranging impact by guiding decision makers. As such, they can play a direct role in policy and decision making, as well as promoting or influencing the implementation of new and emerging technologies. This is especially the case in environmental scenarios, where decisions tend to have far-reaching consequences over very long periods of time, such decisions often having to consider environmental, economic, social and technical considerations. Through their proper development and implementation, DSSs have the potential to promote development, educate stakeholders and facilitate multi-level knowledge transfer. However, the reality is that many of these systems fail to find use and those that do are often very short-lived. Aiming to understand this phenomenon and hoping to mitigate it, we undertook this study. Through a review of the literature and from our own experience with the development of DSSs, we identified over 70 factors influencing the success of environmental decision support systems (with notable focus on agriculture and waste management). The presentation will provide insights into the most important factors impacting success and how they should be addressed, including considerations relating to stakeholder identification and engagement, decision modelling, and system design. Furthermore, some major issues facing DSSs will also be discussed, including how uncertainty and variability can drastically alter the systems? recommendations, the impact this can have on decision making, and how this all should be dealt with.

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Date: 2021-06-11
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Conference name: 5th CIGR International Conference and CSBE-SCGAB AGM 2021, Quebec City,QC, 11-14 May 2021.
Session name: World Congress on Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WCCA 1)

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