Data Management

Designing an Interactive DSS for Relocating People for Developing Surface Mines in Densely Populated Areas

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Executive Summary

Decisions regarding relocation of people due to environmental requirements can be very complex and may have serious socio-economic implications. The authors present the design of a Decision Support System (DSS) to support such decision making processes involving many inputs, human preferences and multiple objectives. Coal is extracted from mines using both underground and surface mining techniques (i.e., open pit, strip or mountain top). In surface mining, a larger proportion of deposits can be commercially extracted compared to underground mining.

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