Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 2,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Application of spatial analytical hierarchy process in land suitability: Case study on urban development of Tabriz Province, Iran


Besat Emami, Mir Masoud Kheirkhah Zarkesh

Recieved Date: 2011-01-10, Accepted Date: 2011-04-07


Tabriz province is one of the industrial and commercial metropolises located on the northwest of Iran. At first glance it can be said that regional conditions from the past to present suffered from some forms of environmental imbalance like irregular expansion of urban settlements, destruction of natural resources, reduction of urban open spaces, reducing the extent of habitats, increase in the civil services and the other related issues. Urban development rate in the most major cities of the world do not show a slow growth rate and cities have been deformed from small and separate population centers into the big physic-economic cities with associated environmental characteristics. Due to the urban development, data management and urban planning have greatly increased and become more complex. Vast network of urban facilities, population distribution and density, land use and many other cases which often have spatial match, are adding to the complexity of urban planning. This study was carried out for the aim of feasibility testing of spatial analytical hierarchy process as the one of the relatively new multi-criteria evaluation methods. The obtained results illustrate that spatial analytical hierarchy process method can be considered as a powerful decision support system tool in case of various land uses site selection in the area.


Multi-criteria decision making, spatial analytical hierarchy process, urban development, site selection

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Category: Environment
Pages: 561-567

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