A multiattribute index for assessing environmental impacts of regional development projects: A case study of Korea

Seung-Jun Kwak, Seung Hoon Yoo, Chul Oh Shin

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Evaluating environmental impacts has become an increasingly vital part of environmental management. In the present study, a methodological procedure based on multiattribute utility theory (MAUT) has been applied to obtain a decision-maker's value index on assessment of the environmental impacts. The paper begins with an overview of MAUT. Next, we elicited strategic objectives and several important attributes, and then structured them into a hierarchy, with the aim of structuring and quantifying the basic values for the assessment. An environmental multiattribute index is constructed as a multiattribute utility function, based on value judgements provided by a decision-maker at the Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE). The implications of the results are useful for many aspects of MOE's environmental policies; identifying the strategic objectives and basic values; facilitating communication about the organization's priorities; and recognizing decision opportunities that face decision-makers of Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Feb 1



  • Decision analysis
  • Decision-making
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Multiattribute index
  • Multiattribute utility theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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