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Title: Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model
Authors: Memarbashi, Elnaz
Azadi, Hossein
Barati, Ali Akbar
Mohajeri, Fatemeh
Van Passel, Steven
Witlox, Frank
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract: Land-use suitability is the ability of a given type of land to support a defined use. Analysis of land-use suitability requires the consideration of a variety of criteria, not only the natural/physical capacity of a land unit, but also its socioeconomic and environmental impact implications. As land suitability is assessed within a Geographic Information System (GIS) environment, it is formulated as a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) problem. The study was conducted in the Sangab Plain in northeast Iran. We investigated the study area's suitability for grassland and agricultural uses. A hybrid method of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and GIS methodology was applied to evaluate land suitability based on a set of criteria and sub-criteria. Results showed that 20% of the study area had high (rich), 65% had medium (fair), and 15% had low (poor) suitability for agriculture. In terms of grassland use, the comparable amounts were, respectively, about 7%, 23%, and 70%. The lands of the Sangab Plain have medium potential for agricultural use and low potential for grassland use. This paper used both qualitative and quantitative techniques.
Notes: [Memarbashi, Elnaz; Mohajeri, Fatemeh] Azad Univ Mashhad, Fac Agr, Dept Agroecol, Mashhad 9187864584, Iran. [Azadi, Hossein; Witlox, Frank] Univ Ghent, Dept Geog, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein] Gembloux Agrobio Tech Univ Liege, Econ & Rural Dev, B-4000 Liege, Belgium. [Barati, Ali Akbar] Univ Tehran, Coll Agr & Nat Resources, Fac Agr Econ & Dev, Dept Agr Management & Dev, Tehran 1417466191, Iran. [Van Passel, Steven] Univ Antwerp, Dept Engn Management, Fac Appl Econ, Prinsstr 13, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium. [Van Passel, Steven] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Martelarenlaan 42, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. [Witlox, Frank] NUAA, Coll Civil Aviat, Nanjing 210016, Jiangsu, Peoples R China. [Witlox, Frank] Univ Tartu, Dept Geog, EE-21014 Tartu, Estonia.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/26312
DOI: 10.3390/ijgi6120396
ISI #: 000419217200018
ISSN: 2220-9964
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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