Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model
AbstractLand-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. View Full-Text
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Memarbashi, E.; Azadi, H.; Barati, A.A.; Mohajeri, F.; Passel, S.V.; Witlox, F. Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 396.
Memarbashi E, Azadi H, Barati AA, Mohajeri F, Passel SV, Witlox F. Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2017; 6(12):396.Chicago/Turabian Style
Memarbashi, Elnaz; Azadi, Hossein; Barati, Ali A.; Mohajeri, Fatemeh; Passel, Steven V.; Witlox, Frank. 2017. "Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model." ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 6, no. 12: 396.
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