GIS as Spatial Decision Support Systems

GIS as Spatial Decision Support Systems

Suprasith Jarupathirun (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA) and Fatemeh Zahedi (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-399-9.ch007


This chapter discusses the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for spatial decision support systems (SDSS). It argues that the increased availability in spatial business data has created new opportunities for the use of GIS in creating decision tools for use in a variety of decisions that involve spatial dimensions. This chapter identifies visualization and analytical capabilities of GIS that make such systems uniquely appropriate as decision aids, and presents a conceptual model for measuring the efficacy of GIS-based SDSS. The discussions on the applications of SDSS and future enhancements using intelligent agents are intended to inform practitioners and researchers of the opportunities for the enhancement and use of such systems.

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