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dc.contributor.authorAttachai Jintraweten_US
dc.contributor.authorChanchai Saengchyosawaten_US
dc.contributor.authorThaworn Onpraphaien_US
dc.contributor.authorMethi Ekasinghen_US
dc.contributor.authorPhrek Gypmantasirien_US
dc.contributor.authorBenchaphun Ekasinghen_US
dc.contributor.authorChada Narongriten_US
dc.contributor.authorDaroonwan Kamthonkiaten_US
dc.contributor.authorHonda Kiyoshien_US
dc.contributor.authorVinai Sarawaten_US
dc.contributor.authorSukit Ratanasriwongen_US
dc.contributor.authorPanjai Tantassanawongen_US
dc.contributor.authorSurat Lertlumen_US
dc.contributor.authorAng Chouleanen_US
dc.contributor.authorI. M. Sokrithyen_US
dc.contributor.authorPongdhan Sampaongenen_US
dc.contributor.authorSuwit Laohasiriwongen_US
dc.contributor.authorKrirk Pannangpetchen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoengsak Katawatinen_US
dc.contributor.authorWasu Amaritsuten_US
dc.contributor.authorNarinthon Boonbrahen_US
dc.contributor.authorThotsaporn Sathonwisiten_US
dc.description.abstract© Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. This paper aims to introduce the Decision Support System (DSS), which is an area informatics approach to area studies, and the research network complex based on DSS’s application in Thailand. In particular, the paper presents and discusses current activities of the DSS research network at the national level in Thailand rather than being a theoretical and analytical study of the DSS mechanism or its cases. DSS has wide applications in Thailand, extending to various fields such as agricultural and natural resource management, economic and social management, historical and cultural preservation, and so on. DSS generally refers to a support system embedded into a computer system for providing intellectual resources with the appropriate numerical model necessary for decision making in production activities. Agricultural and natural resources have been the foundation of social and economic development in Thailand since the country’s first national plan in the 1960s. Decision making to maintain agricultural productivity as well as to protect natural resources requires well-integrated data sets. The Thailand Research Fund (TRF) established a DSS research and development network (TRF-DSS) in 2002 to help various research teams in Thailand develop DSS tools and components for addressing agricultural and natural resource management issues. Using a “systems” approach, the DSS framework allows researchers and users to identify and integrate key components as well as to define databases and model-base management systems. This paper focuses on the TRF-DSS research and development network, which consists of 12 universities, two line agencies in Thailand, and a line agency in Cambodia. During 2002–10, a total of 59 research projects were granted a budget allocation of 140.1 million baht, and a budget of 15.4 million baht was allocated to support activities of the network. In addition, 10 projects were funded to carry out postproject activities, with a total budget of 1.5 million baht. More than 20 DSS tools were developed and implemented by various users, ranging from policy makers to provincial and local government agencies engaged in short- and long-term planning and management. Most DSS tools were designed to allow the integration of biophysical and socioeconomic data as well as the decision support modules for alternatives evaluation and analysis. These approaches support the choices of dynamic simulation models as well as multi-criteria analyses for modelbase software development. They also allow users to evaluate various alternatives in agricultural and natural resource management. Networking is a powerful platform for DSS research and development and may be applied to other types of research and development agenda in Thailand, such as area study projects. DSS tools contribute to an understanding of sustainability of production systems against a background of climate change, poverty reduction, and food security.en_US
dc.subjectSocial Sciencesen_US
dc.titleDecision support system research and development network for agricultural and natural resource management in Thailand: A TRF-DSS experienceen_US
article.title.sourcetitleSoutheast Asian Studiesen_US
article.volume1en_US Mai Universityen_US Universityen_US Universityen_US Universityen_US Kaen Field Crop Research Centeren_US Agricultural Research and Development Centeren_US Universityen_US Royal Military Academyen_US University of Fine Artsen_US Arts Departmenten_US Kaen Universityen_US Rajathanee Universityen_US
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