scholarly journals Multicriteria Decision Analysis Addressing Marine and Terrestrial Plastic Waste Management: A Review

2022 ◽  
Vol 8 ◽  
Murilo R. Santos ◽  
Luis C. Dias ◽  
Maria C. Cunha ◽  
João R. Marques

This paper is a systematic review of studies that used multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) to address plastic waste management. A literature search for scientific articles in online databases (Web of Science and Scopus) enabled us to identify 20 relevant papers from 2008 to 2021, spanning case studies in three continents. These studies focus on: plastics as a resource (material), plastics as a product (reverse logistics), and plastics as a problem (pollution). Content analysis methodology was used, with the focus being on how the authors used MCDA for managing plastic waste, which has relevance for researchers and practitioners. Alternative solutions were found for the selection of disposal methods for almost all types of plastic categorized in this review. The most popular method was AHP, followed by TOPSIS, outranking methods, MAUT/MAVT and simple weighted sums, with some studies including more than one method. The choice of criteria spanned operational (mostly), but also environmental and economic aspects to evaluate the alternatives. Less frequently, one finds criteria related to social, managerial, and political aspects. The weighting of the criteria was performed mainly by consulting experts, followed by decision makers. Representatives of the affected population or other stakeholders have been consulted only on a few occasions. The authors of the studies consider their application of MCDA was successful, highlighting mainly the importance of being able to encompass different dimensions in the evaluation of the alternatives and the transparency of the process. In most cases, a winning alternative emerged clearly, which sometimes was a combination of multiple strategies. We also report other recommendations of these authors concerning marine and terrestrial plastic waste management.

2020 ◽  
Vol 19 (4) ◽  
pp. 557-569
Tran Dinh Lan ◽  
Vu Duy Vinh ◽  
Do Thi Thu Huong ◽  
Do Gia Khanh

In order to keep essential depths in shipping channels to and from Hai Phong ports, regular dredging activities are maintained with about 3.6 million tons of sediments per year. Due to almost all the sediments of dredged material in the channels are composed of mud and silt, they are not easy to be used for land filling or other purposes. Moreover, disposing these materials on land is facing difficulties because of requiring the design and construction of dikes, requiring compaction and drainage of dumped materials. Therefore, disposal of dredged material from shipping channels in Hai Phong sea has become urgent. Based on integrated approach, the combination of numerical modeling and multicriteria decision analysis-GIS (natural condition, socio-economic and environment-ecosystem conditions) was made and the most suitable dumping sites were proposed in the regions with water depth ranging between 18–27 m. Their total receiving capacity was estimated about 206 million tons for 40–50 years.

2018 ◽  
Vol 17 (8) ◽  
pp. 1791-1804 ◽  
Maria Gavrilescu ◽  
Elena-Diana Comanita ◽  
Petronela Cozma ◽  
Isabela Maria Simion ◽  
Mihaela Rosca

2021 ◽  
pp. 0272989X2110190
Ilyas Khan ◽  
Liliane Pintelon ◽  
Harry Martin

Objectives The main objectives of this article are 2-fold. First, we explore the application of multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods in different areas of health care, particularly the adoption of various MCDA methods across health care decision making problems. Second, we report on the publication trends on the application of MCDA methods in health care. Method PubMed was searched for literature from 1960 to 2019 in the English language. A wide range of keywords was used to retrieve relevant studies. The literature search was performed in September 2019. Articles were included only if they have reported an MCDA case in health care. Results and Conclusion The search yielded 8,318 abstracts, of which 158 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were considered for further analysis. Hybrid methods are the most widely used methods in health care decision making problems. When it comes to single methods, analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is the most widely used method followed by TOPSIS (technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution), multiattribute utility theory, goal programming, EVIDEM (evidence and value: impact on decision making), evidential reasoning, discrete choice experiment, and so on. Interestingly, the usage of hybrid methods has been high in recent years. AHP is most widely applied in screening and diagnosing and followed by treatment, medical devices, resource allocation, and so on. Furthermore, treatment, screening and diagnosing, medical devices, and drug development and assessment got more attention in the MCDA context. It is indicated that the application of MCDA methods to health care decision making problem is determined by the nature and complexity of the health care problem. However, guidelines and tools exist that assist in the selection of an MCDA method.

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