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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 372; doi:10.3390/su8040372

The Combination of Expert Judgment and GIS-MAIRCA Analysis for the Selection of Sites for Ammunition Depots

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Department of Mathematics, University of Defence, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
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Department of Logistics, University of Defence, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
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Department of Military-Chemical Engineering, University of Defence, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 8 February 2016 / Revised: 8 April 2016 / Accepted: 11 April 2016 / Published: 15 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

This paper suggests spatial multi-criteria model in order to assist decision makers in the selection of sites which are suitable for ammunition depots (AD). They represent military facilities which have more criteria that need to be matched than civil structures. The proposed model is based on combined use of Geographic information systems (GIS) and multi-criteria techniques. The model application is presented in the case study of Carpathian region, the Eastern part of Serbia. The model deals with nine restrictions and six evaluation criteria. Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory—Analytic Network Process (DEMATEL-ANP) multi-criteria techniques are used to determine weight coefficients of evaluation criteria. Along with the above mentioned methods, this paper introduces a new technique for the multi-criteria decision making—MAIRCA (MultiAttributive Ideal-Real Comparative Analysis) method. The MAIRCA method is used for the ranking and selection of suitable locations. The results have shown that 45 km2 of the Carpathian region is very suitable for ammunition depot construction. The MAIRCA method chose location L1 as the most appropriate. Sensitivity analysis shows that the model is capable of identifying a suitable ammunition depot location. This approach can be helpful in determining suitable ammunition depot locations in other regions with similar geographic conditions and can also be successfully used for the suitability assessment of existing ammunition depots. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-criteria decision making; GIS; DEMATEL; ANP; MAIRCA; ammunition depot multi-criteria decision making; GIS; DEMATEL; ANP; MAIRCA; ammunition depot
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Gigović, L.; Pamučar, D.; Bajić, Z.; Milićević, M. The Combination of Expert Judgment and GIS-MAIRCA Analysis for the Selection of Sites for Ammunition Depots. Sustainability 2016, 8, 372.

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