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Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2021, 9(3), 312-321
DOI: 10.12691/aees-9-3-1
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GIS based Site Suitability Analysis on Cadastral Level for Agriculture

Rajashree Chaudhari1, and Sunil Gaikwad2

1Department of Geography, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India

2Department of Geography, S.P. College, Pune, India

Pub. Date: March 02, 2021

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Rajashree Chaudhari and Sunil Gaikwad. GIS based Site Suitability Analysis on Cadastral Level for Agriculture. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2021; 9(3):312-321. doi: 10.12691/aees-9-3-1


Throughout human history, our association with soil and water has affected our ability to cultivate crops and influenced the growth of different civilizations. Soil is a critical part of successful agriculture and is the original source of the nutrients that we use to grow crops. The physical and chemical properties of soil play a major role in affecting agricultural production of a region. Crop cultivation without knowing location specific soil conditions results in significant decline in agricultural output as well as also results in soil deterioration over a long period. In this context, Site suitability analysis can help to articulate the approaches for development of agricultural productivity. To study site suitability for agriculture, GIS based multi-criterion decision making and analytical hierarchy process (AHP) methods is used in the present study, which is primarily based on the physical and chemical properties of soil. A case study of Malkhed village, located in Pune district of Maharashtra, India has been considered for site suitability analysis. The site suitability classes i.e. ‘Low suitable’, ‘moderately suitable’ and ‘highly suitable’ in the study region are precisely estimated. Moreover, the analysis is carried out on cadastral level, which incorporates the details of fine spatial resolution. Thus, the methodology, techniques and findings of the study is found to be useful to assess the site suitability for agriculture on cadastral level for Malkhed village. The same technique can also be applied to different parts having similar soil properties.

site suitability analysis analytical hierarchy process (AHP) cadastral parcel level

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