In the DSS, the
indicators are used to compare the scenario performance either against a base
scenario (e.g. present conditions) or against other scenarios to find the
optimum solution to a problem or number of problems. They can also be used in Multi Criteria
Analysis (MCA) and Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). [EG1] In
this case, one or more indicators are used to define a criterion that
represents a certain aspect of a scenario (e.g. minimum flow to satisfy
environmental conditions). Those criteria are then analyzed and compared to
find the most favorable scenario. The
indicator manager plays an important role in performing the
above tasks but mostly behind the scenes (since tasks are carried out in the
Indicator Manager Components
Figure 1 shows the components of the DSS Indicator Manager, namely:
1. The Indicators Explorer: where indicators are organized in user defined groups and subgroups.
2. The Indicator definitions Window: There are two Indicators definition interfaces in the DSS, one in the indicator manager and another in the scenario manager. In this article, the indicator definition window that is part of the Indicator manager is presented.
3. Tools Explorer: in this case it is used only to export and import indicator definitions but these tools are not specific for indicators they can be used for other DSS objects.
4. The Properties Window: where the selected indicator or tool properties are displayed, property values are set and selected tools are executed.
Figure 1: Indicator Manager components
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