LSP Suitability Maps Based on ArcGIS


Yufei Zhuang

Oral Defence Date: 



TH 434


Profs. Dujmovic and Wong(CS)and Liu (Geog.)


Suitability analysis is a GIS-based process used to determine the appropriateness of a given area for a particular use, it typically answer the question, .Where is the best location?. Suitability is determined through systematic, multi-factor analysis of the different aspect of the terrain. Model inputs include a variety of physical, cultural, and economic factors. All of the input attributes may affect the overall suitability of specific location for a selected type of use. The results are displayed on a map that is used to highlight areas from high to low suitability. Logic Scoring of Preference (LSP) method invented by Prof. Jozo Dujmovic helps to overcome the inadequacies present in traditional approaches. LSP method is well suited to produce so-called dynamic geographic suitability which provides specialized information on the suitability degree of selected geographic regions for a specific purpose. The project seeks to specify the main concepts of LSP maps, identify some of the potential applications areas and to develop LSP-maps based on ArcGIS environment with accurate and reliable data sources. We focus on how to set different elementary criteria, aggregation structures for specific application areas, how to abstract attributes from the Geo-database in ArcGIS and how to combine LSP method with ArcGIS platform to compute the degree of overall suitability, plot suitability maps with different colors that indicate the degree of suitability on the top of a base map, and then help us make a better decision.


Suitability Map, LSP, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server


Yufei Zhuang