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Land-use suitability in Northeast Iran : application of AHP-GIS hybrid model

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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.
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MULTICRITERIA DECISION-ANALYSIS, AGRICULTURE, SOIL, CONVERSION, TOOL, INFILTRATION, NORTHWEST, SELECTION, DRIVERS, SYSTEMS, land suitability, AHP-GIS hybrid method, agricultural land uses, grassland uses, Sangab Plain

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Memarbashi, Elnaz, Hossein Azadi, Ali Akbar Barati, Fatemeh Mohajeri, Steven Van Passel, and Frank Witlox. 2017. “Land-use Suitability in Northeast Iran : Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model.” Isprs International Journal of Geo-information 6 (12).
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Memarbashi, E., Azadi, H., Barati, A. A., Mohajeri, F., Van Passel, S., & Witlox, F. (2017). Land-use suitability in Northeast Iran : application of AHP-GIS hybrid model. ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION, 6(12).
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Memarbashi E, Azadi H, Barati AA, Mohajeri F, Van Passel S, Witlox F. Land-use suitability in Northeast Iran : application of AHP-GIS hybrid model. ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION. 2017;6(12).
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Memarbashi, Elnaz, Hossein Azadi, Ali Akbar Barati, et al. “Land-use Suitability in Northeast Iran : Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model.” ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION 6.12 (2017): n. pag. Print.
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  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.},
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  author       = {Memarbashi, Elnaz and Azadi, Hossein and Barati, Ali Akbar and Mohajeri, Fatemeh and Van Passel, Steven and Witlox, Frank},
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  journal      = {ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION},
  keyword      = {MULTICRITERIA DECISION-ANALYSIS,AGRICULTURE,SOIL,CONVERSION,TOOL,INFILTRATION,NORTHWEST,SELECTION,DRIVERS,SYSTEMS,land suitability,AHP-GIS hybrid method,agricultural land uses,grassland uses,Sangab Plain},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {15},
  title        = {Land-use suitability in Northeast Iran : application of AHP-GIS hybrid model},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijgi6120396},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2017},
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