An evaluation on adoption factors of spatial decision support systems in planning

Erken, Şeyma
Changes in production and consumption patterns as a result of globalization are leading to ever-increasing carbon dioxide emissions and environmental problems. As a result of this situation, climate change and global warming are getting more and more important. In addition to the environmental problems that are associated with increased carbon emissions, economic losses and human health threats are emerging. Today new models and approaches are being developed to reduce the destructive effects of such environmental problems. In this context, the low-carbon economy model is seen as today’s world’s new development model. Besides, developments in information technologies is leading the emergence of new methods in planning. In this context, one of the most important developments is the advancements in geographic information technologies. Planning is a future-oriented complex decision-making process including many stakeholders and uncertainties. Globalization, rapid population growth in cities, increased interdependencies and information flow between cities and regions increase this complexity. In this context, spatial decision support systems (SDSS) as integrated computer-based systems, come to the fore in achieving more effective decision-making processes by allowing the development of plans and projects that respond better to uncertainties. The main purpose of this study is to determine the factors affecting the adoption of SDSS by planning institutions in strategic decision-making processes. In this context, ‘Spatial Decision Support System Software Development for Carbon Emissions in GAP Region’ Project conducted by METU-Research and Implementation Center (RICBED) was evaluated. Accordingly, the factors that may affect the adoption of the ‘Carbon Emission Atlas and Expert System (KAUS)’ SDSS, the main output of the project, in the metropolitan municipalities and development agencies which are among the potential users of this software in the GAP Region in the future, was examined.


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Ş. Erken, “An evaluation on adoption factors of spatial decision support systems in planning,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.