Decision support systems in eco-engineering: the case of the SDSS

Slobodan B. Mickovski, L. P. H. van Beek

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The increased number of catastrophic slope instabilities in Europe in the last decade highlights the need for integrated management of such occurrences. The decision support system presented here incorporates expert knowledge on slope stability and eco-engineering and represents user-friendly solution for help in decision making process on mitigation of slope instability. Based on the results of field studies, experience of the project partners, theory and case studies available in the literature, the slope decision system (SDSS) is a modern decision support system that promotes use of eco-engineering solutions for mitigation of slope stability problems connected with the uppermost soil horizons. The basic considerations, design aims and objectives, together with the advantages and the disadvantages of the approach are discussed in the light of ever-evolving decision making system theory. The future of eco-engineering decision support systems is also discussed with a special emphasis on the learning component for the end-user.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationEco-and Ground Bio-Engineering: The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the First International Conference on Eco-Engineering 13–17 September 2004
EditorsAlexia Stokes, Ioannis Spanos, Joanne E. Norris, Erik Cammeraat
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-5593-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-5592-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Plant and Soil Sciences


  • decision support systems
  • eco-engineering
  • slope decision system
  • SDSS

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