Document Type

Conference Paper


Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Applied mathematics, Environmental sciences, Hydrology, Water resources, Civil engineering

Publication Details

National Hydrology Conference, Athlone, Ireland, 21 November, 2017.


In 2006, the Office of Public Works (OPW) began the National Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme through a series of pilot studies. A Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) Framework was developed through the CFRAM pilot studies that integrated a range of objectives related to human health and society, the environment and cultural heritage and the economy into the core process of selecting suitable flood risk management measures for a given area or location, and then for prioritising national investments for different schemes and projects. In support of this MCA framework, UCD, was commissioned to undertake a collaborative study with the OPW to determine global weights that reflect the perceived relative importance of a range of criteria pertaining to the importance of economic, social and environmental / cultural aspects of flood management strategies.