A GIS-based multi-criteria evaluation system for selection of landfill sites: A case study from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

S. M. Issa, B. Al Shehhi

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Abstract

Landfill sites receive 92% of total annual solid waste produced by municipalities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. In this study, candidate sites for an appropriate landfill location for the Abu Dhabi municipal area are determined by integrating geographic information systems (GIS) and multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) analysis. To identify appropriate landfill sites, eight input map layers including proximity to urban areas, proximity to wells and water table depth, geology and topography, proximity to touristic and archeological sites, distance from roads network, distance from drainage networks, and land slope are used in constraint mapping. A final map was generated which identified potential areas showing suitability for the location of the landfill site. Results revealed that 30% of the study area was identified as highly suitable, 25% as suitable, and 45% as unsuitable. The selection of the final landfill site, however, requires further field research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Volume39
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event22nd Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISPRS 2012 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Aug 25 2012Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • Abu Dhabi
  • GIS
  • Landfill siting
  • Multi-criteria
  • Site selection
  • Solid waste
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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