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An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Application in Managing Water-Related Disaster Events: Analyzing 20 Years of Literature for Flood and Drought Events

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Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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National Water Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Seri Kembangan Selangor 43300, Malaysia
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Water 2021, 13(10), 1358; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101358
Received: 4 April 2021 / Revised: 22 April 2021 / Accepted: 3 May 2021 / Published: 13 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
This paper provides an overview of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) applications in managing water-related disasters (WRD). Although MCDA has been widely used in managing natural disasters, it appears that no literature review has been conducted on the applications of MCDA in the disaster management phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Therefore, this paper fills this gap by providing a bibliometric analysis of MCDA applications in managing flood and drought events. Out of 818 articles retrieved from scientific databases, 149 articles were shortlisted and analyzed using a Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) approach. The results show a significant growth in MCDA applications in the last five years, especially in managing flood events. Most articles focused on the mitigation phase of DMP, while other phases of preparedness, response, and recovery remained understudied. The analytical hierarchy process (AHP) was the most common MCDA technique used, followed by mixed-method techniques and TOPSIS. The article concludes the discussion by identifying a number of opportunities for future research in the use of MCDA for managing water-related disasters. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA); water-related disaster; floods; drought; disaster management plan (DMP); systematic literature review (SLR); PRISMA multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA); water-related disaster; floods; drought; disaster management plan (DMP); systematic literature review (SLR); PRISMA
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Abdullah, M.F.; Siraj, S.; Hodgett, R.E. An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Application in Managing Water-Related Disaster Events: Analyzing 20 Years of Literature for Flood and Drought Events. Water 2021, 13, 1358. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101358

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Abdullah MF, Siraj S, Hodgett RE. An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Application in Managing Water-Related Disaster Events: Analyzing 20 Years of Literature for Flood and Drought Events. Water. 2021; 13(10):1358. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101358

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Abdullah, Mohammad F., Sajid Siraj, and Richard E. Hodgett 2021. "An Overview of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Application in Managing Water-Related Disaster Events: Analyzing 20 Years of Literature for Flood and Drought Events" Water 13, no. 10: 1358. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13101358

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