GIS-based integration of subjective and objective weighting methods for regional landslides susceptibility mapping

Suhua Zhou, Guangqi Chen, Ligang Fang, Yunwen Nie

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The development of landslide susceptibility maps is of great importance due to rapid urbanization. The purpose of this study is to present a method to integrate the subjective weight with objective weight for regional landslide susceptibility mapping on the geographical information system (GIS) platform. The analytical hierarchy process (AHP), which is subjective, was employed to weight predictive factors' contribution to landslide occurrence. The frequency ratio (FR) method, which is objective, was used to derive subclasses' frequency ratio with respect to landslides that indicate the relative importance of a subclasswithin each predictive factor. A case studywas carried out at Tsushima Island, Japan, using a historical inventory of 534 landslides and seven predictive factors: elevation, slope, aspect, terrain roughness index (TRI), lithology, land cover andmean annual precipitation (MAP). The landslide susceptibility index (LSI) was calculated using the weighted linear combination of factors' weights and subclasses' weights. The study area was classified into five susceptibility zones according to the LSI. In addition, the produced susceptibility map was compared with maps generated using the conventional FR and AHPmethod and validated using the relative landslide index (RLI). The validation result showed that the proposed method performed better than the conventional application of the FR method and AHP method. The obtained landslide susceptibility maps could serve as a scientific basis for urban planning and landslide hazard management.

Original languageEnglish
Article number334
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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