Determining the potential of Bistoon Forest Park using hierarchical analysis method (AHP)

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Determining the potential of Bistoon Forest Park using hierarchical analysis method (AHP)

Ali Sarvazad, Jafar Oladi Qadykolayy, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini Nasr
J. Bio. Env. Sci.4( 2), 289-294, February 2014.
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The aim of this study was to assess the recreational power of Bistoon forest park and identifying areas with different levels of recreational power. In this paper a hierarchical analysis method (AHP) was used. For this purpose the map of geomorphological sub-criteria (slope, aspect, elevation, and texture soil) and environmental (vegetation density) was prepared in GIS environment. In the next step, sub -criteria classes were weighted and overvalued. Next, to prepare the map of potential of Bistoon forest park using Hierarchy Process (AHP), standard maps of classification and valuation related to studying sub-criteria maps were incorporated by Weight Sum function. Then, the final map of recreational power of Bistoon forest park was reclassified in 5 classes. The results showed that 22 percent of the park area had a very high recreational power, 17 percent with a high recreational power, 18 percent with medium recreational power, 23 percent with low recreational power and 20 percent with a very low recreational power. In other words, much of the study area (57%) had average to high recreational power.


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