Application of analytical hierarchy process in land suitability for forest park location (case study: Ilam county, Iran)

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Application of analytical hierarchy process in land suitability for forest park location (case study: Ilam county, Iran)

Zahra Nazeri, Javad Mirzaee, Ali Rostami
J. Bio. Env. Sci.4( 4), 301-309, April 2014.
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Currently, Human life is being sustained by recreation and leisure as they play an important role within the human lifestyles. Natural and forest park observed as recreational spaces have persistently received a greatest significance for pastime. This paper describes a GIS-based system that supports dynamic assessment of land suitability for forest park location in western Iran. Based on actual conditions of the study area, we considered affective factors, calculated criteria weights using the analytical hierarchy process (AHP), and built a hierarchy model for solving the forest park site selection problem in Ilam, Iran. A geographic information system (GIS) was used to manipulate and present spatial data. The maps prepared and reclassified and standardized using GIS. Finally, land suitability map for forest park location generated using WLC method and classified in 4 class including excellent suitability, moderate suitability, low suitability and not suitable. Result showed that 4.67% of the study area has excellent suitability for forest park location.


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