The aim of this DSS Directory is to provide end users of decision tools with an understanding of:
This directory contains key information (metadata) on a wide range of computer models, both spatial and non-spatial, and decision frameworks that can be used in policy development and implementation. The information provided is based on what is primarily publicly available. It is recognised that some DSS are more commercially restricted and that there are many other case studies undertaken that are readily available to be presented here. To find out more about DSS type's and their potential uses see the DSS Overview section.
The primary audience for this DSS Directory is staff at regional and unitary councils in New Zealand. The long term goal is that the DSS Directory will support decision making across the four well-beings - environmental, economic, social, cultural - within which councils are required to work.
The breadth and depth of DSS's available and used by councils varies across the management domains with a tendency towards environmental and catchment based tools. The development of this directory has been funded by an Envirolink tools grant. The project has been supported by Regional and Unitary Council Special Interest Groups.
Supporting information is also available to users via the menus to the right, to understand the definitions used, the types of DSSs, and their potential applications.
Like choosing a new cellphone or car, when selecting a DSS it can be difficult to know if you are making the 'right' choice and there is no easy answer. Like setting some criteria for choosing a new care some tips are provided here.
Tips for Selecting a Decision Support System
A Suggestion Box is available to allow ongoing input from Users to suggest other tools and case studies to include in the Directory, or to suggest improvements to the Directory.
Currently the DSSs provided are weighted towards bio-physical parameters such as land and water. This is due in some degree to the historic and recent focus on these issues by councils. The aim is to further populate the Directory with more DSSs from other management domains and outcome areas. If you have any other ideas, please use the Suggestion Box.
Future additions: An active list of other DSS's that could be added to the directory in the future please check this to guide your suggestions