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Title: Integrating multi-criteria decision analysis for a GIS-based hazardous waste landfill sitting in Kurdistan Province, western Iran

The evaluation of a hazardous waste disposal site is a complicated process because it requires data from diverse social and environmental fields. These data often involve processing of a significant amount of spatial information which can be used by GIS as an important tool for land use suitability analysis. This paper presents a multi-criteria decision analysis alongside with a geospatial analysis for the selection of hazardous waste landfill sites in Kurdistan Province, western Iran. The study employs a two-stage analysis to provide a spatial decision support system for hazardous waste management in a typically under developed region. The purpose of GIS was to perform an initial screening process to eliminate unsuitable land followed by utilization of a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) to identify the most suitable sites using the information provided by the regional experts with reference to new chosen criteria. Using 21 exclusionary criteria, as input layers, masked maps were prepared. Creating various intermediate or analysis map layers a final overlay map was obtained representing areas for hazardous waste landfill sites. In order to evaluate different landfill sites produced by the overlaying a landfill suitability index system was developed representing cumulative effects of relative importance (weights) and suitability valuesmore » of 14 non-exclusionary criteria including several criteria resulting from field observation. Using this suitability index 15 different sites were visited and based on the numerical evaluation provided by MCDA most suitable sites were determined.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7]
  1. Razi University Center for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Baghabrisham 67149, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: sharifimozafar@gmail.com
  2. Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: hadidi_moslem@yahoo.com
  3. Paradise Ave, Azad University, School of Agriculture, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: elahe_vesali@yahoo.com
  4. Razi University Centre for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Baghabrisham 67149, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: mostafakhany2003@yahoo.com
  5. Regional office of Water Resource Management, Zan Boulevard, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: taheri.kamal@gmail.com
  6. Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kurdistan University, University Boulevard, Sanandadj (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: shahoei@yahoo.com
  7. Regional office of Climatology, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of), E-mail: mehrankhodamorad@yahoo.com
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21269318
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Waste Management; Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2009.04.010; PII: S0956-053X(09)00138-X; Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; DECISION MAKING; GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS; HAZARDS; IRAN; LAND USE; MAPS; SANITARY LANDFILLS; WASTES